Feb 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (2) drives the ball during the third quarter as Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) defends at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Cavaliers 106-92. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers

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Heading towards the finish line the Houston Rockets go. Every game matters. Tonight, the Houston Rockets travel to Cleveland to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley vs. Jarrett Jack

Well, if Kyrie Irving was playing, this matchup would be more intriguing to see. Although Jarrett Jack can put points on the board, “junkyard dog” Patrick Beverley will give him a hard time. Jack will have limited points, and it may be a long night for him.

Edge: Rockets

Shooting Guard: James Harden vs. Dion Waiters

Both players can score the ball and have a huge impact on their team. Expect Waiters to shoot a lot and score a decent amount. If Harden catches on fire early, watch out! The whole Cavaliers team could be in even more danger.

Edge: Rockets

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons vs. Alonzo Gee

Looking at Chandler Parsons the last couple of games makes me worried. His shot hasn’t been on target, and he just can’t seem to find his rhythm. Alonzo Gee on the other hand, when he gets the ball, he has been productive as of late. I do believe that Parsons will get involved early tonight, and break out of his slump. I don’t expect Gee to get many touches tonight.

Edge: Rockets

Power Forward: Terrence Jones vs. Tristan Thompson

Both of these players have potential, and can score the ball down low. I will have to bring up the fact of Terrence Jones and his home/road splits. Jones hasn’t been all that productive on the road all season long. However, I do believe that he will be able to make an impact tonight. Although the Rockets are probably going to utilize Harden and Parsons, whenever Jones gets the ball down low, expect him to score.

Edge: Rockets

Center: Omer Asik vs. Spencer Hawes

Two different type of players going at it tonight. Although Omer Asik has been rusty ever since returning from his injury, he did have a productive game against the Timberwolves Thursday night. I don’t see Asik having a productive night on offense unless he does what he did on Thursday night. I’m sick and tired of seeing Asik miss layup after layup after layup. DUNK IT BIG O! On the other side, we have Spencer Hawes. He can stretch the floor, and is able to know down shots from behind the arc. I don’t  expect him to shoot many, but if he does, let’s hope for misses. The biggest factor will be how well Asik does tonight in this matchup. I believe Asik will defend the paint really well and will force the Cavaliers to be scared to drive towards the basket.

Edge: Rockets

Bench

Rockets: Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hamilton, Omri Casspi, Francisco Garcia, Isaiah Canaan, and Donatas Motiejunas,

Cavaliers: Shane Edwards, Tyler Zeller, Anderson Varejao, Matthew Dellavedova

Edge: Rockets

Injuries

Rockets: Dwight Howard (GTD) Greg Smith (OUT)

Cavaliers: Luol Deng (GTD) C.J. Miles (GTD) Sergey Karasev (GTD) Carrick Felix (OUT) Anthony Bennett (OUT) Kyrie Irving (OUT)

Prediction

This game could get really ugly for Cleveland Cavalier fans. Expect the Rockets to have full control from start to finish. I got the Houston Rockets dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight, 115-88.

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