Nov 13, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) defends the dribble of Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten (8) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Houston Rockets vs Philadelphia 76ers


The Houston Rockets (48-22) take on the Philadelphia 76ers (15-56) who are losers of 25 straight games. Houston, on the other hand, is on a 4-game winning streak after beating the top-10 defense of the Charlotte Bobcats. Philadelphia just got toasted by the San Antonio Spurs. Unbelievably, the 76ers won the last match-up against the Rockets 123-117. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Michael Carter-Williams

MCW has shown flashes of brilliance as a rookie, but he is just that: a rookie. Inconsistency is the name of the game for Carter-Williams, and Beverley won’t give him anything easy.

Edge: Even

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. James Anderson

Anderson scored 36 points in the last outing. Here’s what we tweeted before the Rockets/Sixers first game:

Mistake. Still, don’t expect to see that again. Harden has been on fire offensively, but his defensive intensity has improved, and he’s averaging nearly 2 steals per game since the All-Star Break. He’s also James Harden.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Hollis Thompson

Who is Hollis Thompson? 

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Thaddeus Young

Young is the best player on this team. He’s averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals a game this year. He’s certainly become a volume shooter since the trade deadline took Spencer Hawes away, but the guy is talented. Jones is still lacking consistency, but is capable of having a monster game any night.

Edge: 76ers

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Henry Sims

Seriously, are these guys made up? Henry Sims?

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Rockets – Omer AsikFrancisco GarciaJordan HamiltonJeremy LinDonatas Motiejunas

76ers – Eric Maynor, Tony Wroten, Jason Richardson, Arnett Moultrie, Byron Mullens

Edge: Rockets

 

Injuries:

Rockets – Greg Smith (OUT), Dwight Howard (Should be good to go, but who knows)

76ers – Tony Wroten (DTD)

 

Prediction: The Rockets aren’t going to lose to this team again. Rockets win 124-101.

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