Matchup: Houston Rockets vs Miami Heat
Records: Rockets (16-14), Warmth (13-16)
The place to Watch
Date: Friday, Dec. 21
Time: 12:00pm AEDT
TV: ESPN Australia/New Zealand
Streaming: NBA League Pass
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
Absolutely no one anticipated final yr’s Convention Finalists, the Houston Rockets, to start the season’s first 25 video games with a 11-14 document.
The actual fact of the matter is that the workforce returning this season was simply not the identical as final yr’s. Battling by accidents, roster depth points and protection, the workforce appears to have discovered some rhythm of their present 5-game profitable streak (ties the season-best).
James Harden has been the spark behind their current win streak, averaging 38.6 factors, 7.8 assists, and 6.4 rebounds on 51.8% taking pictures from the sector. The workforce, as a complete, appears to have marginally improved however it’s kind of been a present placed on by the reigning MVP.
From being ranked within the backside three within the Western Convention, the Rockets have all of the sudden jumped into the Playoff image (at present ranked seventh). Publish this Miami highway recreation, the Rockets have some powerful dwelling video games to look ahead (vs. OKC, SAS, and BOS), ones that may give their streak a becoming problem.
Whereas the Rockets have performed 4 of their final 5 video games at dwelling on the Toyota Heart, the Miami Warmth are taking the courtroom after finishing a six-game West Coast journey three days earlier.
Regardless of going 4-2 on this journey, the Warmth must stare on the subsequent two months of their season with out their level guard Goran Dragic whereas their taking pictures guard Dion Waiters is already rehabbing from an ankle harm. Fortuitously, on completion of their journey, Miami now play 5 of their subsequent six video games at dwelling.
- This contest in Miami is the Rockets’ sixth back-to-back of this season. To this point, they’re 3-2 on the second night time of their earlier back-to-backs.
- Houston takes their sub .500 7-9 highway document to Miami the place the Warmth are 5-9 at dwelling on the AmericanAirlines Area.
- The Rockets will probably be heading into this contest with out James Ennis (Hamstring), Carmelo Anthony (Coach’s Resolution) and Nene (Relaxation).
- However, the Warmth can be lacking a few gamers for this recreation – Goran Dragic (Knee) and Dion Waiters (Ankle). In addition they have three gamers who’re game-time choices – Tyler Johnson (Head), Justice Winslow (Ankle), and Josh Richardson (Hip).
Final Time They Performed
Date: Feb. 8, 2018
Rating: Rockets 109, Warmth 101
Rockets: James Harden – 41 factors, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and three steals on 52.0% taking pictures
Warmth: Goran Dragic – 30 factors, 6 assists, and three rebounds on 64.7% taking pictures.