Fixture: Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns
Date & Time: Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8:00 PM ET (Sunday 1:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston.
After a strong start to the season, the Suns have slipped a little with 7 losses in the last 10 games. They currently sit seventh in the Western Conference with a win-loss record of 10-11. The initial games in the seasons included wins against strong, but the Suns could not keep it up after a few major injury concerns. In the previous game, they beat New Orleans Pelicans 139-132. The win was led by their guard Devin Booker who scored 44 points, apart from dishing out nine assists and grabbing eight rebounds. On Saturday, they will travel to Houston to face the fifth placed Rockets.
The Rockets, on the course of the season, have racked up a few impressive wins, but also ended up losing winnable games. The Rockets showed their depth and temperament in the last game’s victory against defending champions Toronto Raptors. The Raptors had shut out their star man James Harden, but the Rockets somehow found their way past. The Rockets will look to add a few more wins to their 14 wins so far, with a favourable run of fixtures coming up.
Injury updates & team news-
Injuries: Ty Jerome (Ankle)- Probable, Aron Baynes (Calf)- Doubtful
Expected starting line up: Devin Booker, Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr, Dario Saric, Frank Kaminsky
Injuries: Nene (Hip)- Out, Eric Gordon (Knee)- Out, Gerald Green (Foot)- Out
Expected starting line up: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Danuel House, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela
Although Harden was limited by the Raptors in the last game, his scoring spree this season needs no new mention. He might need some improvements accuracy wise, but the way the Rockets are set up, James Harden can be expected to return a good haul of points invariable every other game.
As for the Suns, Devin Booker has converted 50% of his attempts from the field in the season and he will be fresh from a 44-point outing. He has been averaging 25 points and 6.3 assists per game in the season, and might have another good game on Saturday. However, it might not be enough for them to beat a strong looking Rockets side.