Houston Rockets at Hawks: 2017-18 Game 10: Sneak Peek Analysis

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 27: James Harden
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 27: James Harden /

The Houston Rockets look to keep the young but entertaining Hawks from soaring tonight in Atlanta, what should we look for tonight?

Unless you were celebrating a World Series title with the Houston Astros or crying in sorrow due to the injury of Deshaun Watson, it is easy to forget about the Houston Rockets these days.

In the midst of a Game 7 victory for the Astros, the Rockets put on a show on Broadway in a 119-97 win over the New York Knicks. In the win, James Harden put on one of his best performances of the season with 31 points and nine assists.

Tonight, the Rockets look to carry their momentum over from the Big Apple to the ATL as they take on the Atlanta Hawks (1-7) at Philips Arena.


Houston Rockets Projected Starting 5:

Point Guard:  James Harden – 26.6 points, 9.2  assists, 4.8 rebounds

Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon – 23.9 points, 3.3 assists, 41.3% Field Goal

Small Forward:  Trevor Ariza – 7.6 points, 3.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds

Power ForwardRyan Anderson – 13.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 37.3%three-point field goal percents

Center:  Clint Capela – 13.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, 70.7% field goal percentage, 1.6 blocks

Atlanta Hawks Projected Starting 5:

Point Guard:  Dennis Schroder – 22.7 points, 6.7  assists, 2.8 rebounds

Shooting Guard: Kent Bazemore – 12.5 points, 3.5 assists, 36.0% Field Goal

Small Forward:  Taurean Prince – 13.8 points, 2.1 assists, 6.1 rebounds

Power Forward: Ersan Ilyasova – 5.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 14.3% three-point field goal percents

CenterDewayne Dedmon – 7.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 46.3% field goal percentage, 0.9 blocks

Injury Report:

  • Chris Paul (Knee) Status: OUT
  • Nene (Achilles) Status: Day-to-day

Three Keys to a Win:

Don’t get too Complacent: Just because the Hawks are one of the worst teams in the league, doesn’t guarantee an automatic win for Houston. With only one win in their first eight games, look

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for the Hawks to do all they can to send their fans home happy with a win.

Defend Dennis Schroder: He isn’t Kyrie Irving nor Damian Lillard, but Dennis Schroder is one of the most exciting young point guards in the league. With the weight of the franchise on his shoulders, Schroder is having a career year so far this season averaging 22.7 points while shooting 43.6% percent from the field. In the Hawks only win of the season, Schroder scored a career-high 28 points in a 117-111 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Shoot better from Behind-the-Arc: The Rockets have shot below average as a team from behind the arc. Although they rank first in the league in three-pointer field goals made per game (14.1), the Rockets are coming into tonight’s game ranked 27th in three-point field percentage (31.4). For a team who lives and die by the three, the Rockets must do a better job shooting from behind the arc.  

Next: No set schedule for a Chris Paul return

Final Thoughts:

Despite coming in as one of the league’s worst three-point shooting teams, the Rockets should cruise to an easy victory tonight against the Hawks.