Fixture: Houston Rockets vs Atlanta Hawks
Date & Time: Saturday November 30, 2019, 8:00 PM ET (Sunday, 1:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston.
Houston isn’t the easiest of places to visit at any time, and to do it when you are on an nine-game losing streak is even more difficult. If Atlanta Hawks’ fail to win on Saturday, they will be 10 consecutive games without a win. Their poor so far is reflected in their position in the league table. The Hawks are a place above the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a win-loss record of 4-15. Their concentration this season would be more on youth development with not much to play for as things stand.
Their Saturday’s opponents on the other hand, have been one of the best teams in the league so far. The Rockets’ record of 12-6 currently places them fifth in a tight Western Conference. They have only one win in the last three games, and will be looking to win Saturday’s game.
Injury updates & team news-
Injuries: Clint Capela (illness)- doubtful, Eric Gordon (knee)- Out, Nene (hip)- Out), Gerald Green (foot)- Out
Predicted starting line up: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Daniel House, PJ Tucker, Tyson Chandler
Injuries: Kevin Hunter (shoulder)- Out
Predicted starting line up: Cam Reddish, Trae Young, Jabari Parker, De’Andre Hunter, Damian Jones
James Harden has been one of the most consistent scorers in the league so far and is averaging 37.7 points per game. He, along with Russell Westbrook are difficult to be kept quite and can bring in another good haul of points against a weak looking Atlanta side.
For the Hawks, Trae Young has been a positive in their rather dismal season so far. He might get a good haul of points on Saturday, although it will be very difficult for the Hawks to get past a strong Rockets line up.