Fixture: Houston Rockets vs Miami Heat
Date & Time: Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 8:00 PM ET (Thursday, 1:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston.
On Wednesday, Russell Westbrook will be facing a team that he was heavily linked to in the pre-season. Westbrook might now be a Rockets man, but things could have been different had Miami offered anything of substance for the former Oklahoma City Thunder man.
Rockets will be coming into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats- to Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and most recently to a Luka Duncic led Dallas Mavericks. In their 137-133 loss to the Mavericks, James Harden continued his scoring spree and registered a double double with 32 points and 11 assists. Rockets will rely on him, along with Russell Westbrook to come up against Miami.
Miami, much to surprise of many, are sitting third in the Eastern Conference with a win-loss record of 12-4. Having missed the first few games for the Heat, Jimmy Butler led his team from the front since his return. Butler is averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game this season.
Miami are coming off a 117-100 win against Chralotte Hornets. In the game, Kelly Olynyk contributed with a double-double coming off the bench, scoring 15 points and pulling down 16 rebounds.
The Heat are undefeated at home, but are 5-4 on the road, something which the Rockets- who are 6-2 at home- will make a note of. The Rockets are averaging almost 119 points per game when playing at home, while the Heat are only averaging just over 105 points per game on the road.
Injury updates & team news-
Injuries: Clint Capela (day-to-day), Eric Gordon (Out), Nene (Out), Gerald Green (Out)
Predicted starting lineup: Danuel House, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela, James Harden, Russell Westbrook
Injuries: Derric Jones (day-to-day), Justice Winslow (Out), KZ Okpala (out)
Predicted starting lineup: Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Meyers Leonard, Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson
With their away record in the season so far, Miami might find it difficult to bring the Rockets down in Houston.