So far, this season, the Houston Rockets have looked like a pretty good basketball team in the Western Conference. The Rockets have won 26 of their first 40 games which puts them in fifth place in the standings. However, Houston is entering this game in terrible form as it has lost three of its last four games so it has struggled a bit lately. Now, Houston will be looking to get back on track against one of the best teams in the entire league on Thursday. Luckily for the Rockets, this game will be played at the Toyota Center where they have won 14 of their first 19 home games so Houston should be able to play well in this game.
Leading the Rockets offensively is star guard James Harden who has looked great so far, this season. He is currently averaging a league-high 37.2 points per game along with 7.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists. However, Harden is also averaging 4.1 turnovers per game which is the second-most in the entire league.
Houston’s most underrated player is center Clint Capela who has been very good so far this season. He is averaging 14.5 points per game along with a team-high 14.5 rebounds per game. In addition, he is averaging a team-high 1.7 blocks per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.
The leader of the West does not even think to slow down the pace, because almost everything is going according to plan, only the leaders of injury time through again forced to face difficulties, but they are quickly resolved with such a composition. Lakers suffered eight defeats in a season, which is one of the best results in the league at the moment.
In the previous meeting Lakers took awkward opponents in the face of Orlando. From the first moments of confrontation visitors showed they were not going to play by the rules of a favorite, so the dance floor started this unpredictable definition. Magic bent his line and still have his (118-119). Unfortunately, Frank Vogel will not be able to count on in the next battle Redzhona Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins, and a big question participated Anthony Davis, who injured his back, but there is LeBron James, which alone can pull the match. In short, we are waiting for a spectacular match.
For many seasons the Rockets management looking for James Harden support in the face of various artists, but the team had a real opportunity to compete for the championship. In this championship, Russell Westbrook had a chance to make a “beard” fantastic bunch, but while it is not particularly justified hopes.
Rather than fight for the leading places, Houston cannot in any way to gain stability. Michael D’Antoni Team marking time in one place and is fighting for the fourth place of the West, though ahead of the match against the leader who can help the team somehow rehabilitated to the fans. Recall that the Rockets lost twice in a row, even though every time out on the floor in the role of favorite. In the first meeting, the club lost underdog Memphis (110-121), and then allowed to Portland steal victory with home Toyota arena (107-117).