Nov 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Houston Rockets vs Denver Nuggets


The Houston Rockets come into tonight’s game at 50-25, fresh off of a playoff-clinching victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. James Harden had 39 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Nuggets (33-43) have been that team this year. The team that just never gets healthy. With a projected lineup of Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Danilo Gallinari, J.J. Hickson, and JaVale McGee, the Nuggets would’ve been contending for a playoff spot. Unfortunately, they are headed in the opposite direction and meet a team in the Rockets who are looking to secure home-court in the playoffs. The game can be seen on CSN Houston or heard on AM 790, tipoff is set for 6:00 PM.

 

Matchups

Point Guard – Jeremy Lin vs. Aaron Brooks

Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson are both injured, but Aaron Brooks is the best 3rd point guard in the league. Also, he’s capable of dropping buckets in a hurry. Lin will have his hands full with his former teammate. We never really know what to expect with Lin.

Edge – Even

 

Shooting Guard – James Harden vs. Randy Foye

As usual, Harden is still the best shooting guard in the league. Foye is averaging 12.5 points per game, though. He routinely drops 20 or more, but is extremely hit or miss.

Edge – Rockets

 

Small Forward – Chandler Parsons vs. Quincy Miller

More injuries. Injuries everywhere. Miller is normally a 3rd string player.

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward – Terrence Jones vs. Kenneth Faried

The “Manimal” is taking advantage of his team’s injury woes. He’s averaging a ridiculous 22 points and 11 rebounds per game since March 1st.

Edge – Nuggets

 

Center – Omer Asik vs. Timofey Mozgov

The battle of the back-up, undervalued centers. Mozgov is averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds over his last 10 games. Omer Asik has basically been a double-double on wheels for the Rockets. While neither center has a great offensive game, they both score on offensive rebounds at a high rate. Asik, however, is just a bit more seasoned.

Edge – Rockets

 

Bench
Houston Rockets – Donatas MotiejunasOmri CasspiIsaiah CanaanFrancisco Garcia, and Jordan Hamilton

Denver Nuggets — Evan Fournier, Darrell Arthur, Jan Vesely, Anthony Randolph

Edge – Rockets

 

Injuries
Houston Rockets – Patrick Beverley (OUT) Dwight Howard (OUT) Greg Smith (OUT)

Denver Nuggets — Wilson Chandler (questionable) Ty Lawson (questionable) J.J. Hickson, JaVale McGee, Nate Robinson, and Danilo Gallinari are all out for the season.

 

Prediction
Houston might be banged up, but Denver is missing 80% of their starting lineup. Rockets win 116-108.

 

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