Feb 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA;Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Rockets defeated the Lakers 134-108. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers


The Houston Rockets have the opportunity to help Los Angeles make history. A Lakers’ seemingly inevitable loss tonight will tie the franchise record for losses in a season and be the most losses since the team relocated to Southern California over 50 years ago.

They stink in a “make the paint on the walls peel” kind of way.

The Lakers (25-52) are coming off another shellacking at the hands of their inner-city rival Los Angeles Clippers, who Eagle, Colorado’d them 120-97 Sunday.

The Houston Rockets (51-25) boast the second highest scoring offense, and will be facing a Laker defense that has allowed the second most points per game. After clinching a playoff berth last week, Houston will need to take care of business during this three game road trip to solidify home court advantage in the first round.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard

Jeremy Lin vs Kendall Marshall

Lin shot 7/12 and had 19 points against Denver. Consistency is key heading into the playoffs, especially with Beverley’s timetable uncertain.

Advantage: Rockets

 

Shooting Guard

James Harden vs. Jodie Meeks

James Harden is a man amongst boys in the 2 spot, and has been nothing short of magnificent as of late. He will score at will tonight.

Advantage: Rockets

 

Small Forward

Chandler Parson vs. Wesley Johnson

Chandler was downright nasty against Denver in OT. Hopefully he’s coming out of his recent funk at the right time.

Advantage: Rockets

 

Power Forward

Terrence Jones vs. Ryan Kelly

T Jones logged 16 points in his last outing, and the Rocket’s win percentage remains astronomical when he scores more than 10.

Advantage: Rockets

 

Center

Omer Asik vs. Jordan Hill

What a luxury it is to have Omer backing up Dwight. Waiting out Asik’s temper tantrums sure looks like it was worth it.

Advantage: Rockets

 

UPDATE: Nash and Farmar will both play.

Injuries

Rockets: P. Beverley (OUT), D. Howard (OUT), T. Jones (DTD)

Lakers: S. Nash (DTD), N. Young (DTD), P. Gasol (OUT), X. Henry(OUT), C. Kaman(OUT), J. Farmar(OUT), K. Bazemore(OUT)

 

Prediction:

Rockets blast off and help LakerNation tie that record…

Rockets win easy: 116-94

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