Will Chris Paul Play Tonight? Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 04/05/2021, 4:17 PM EDT
Mar 21, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets lost their fourth game in a row with a loss against the Pelicans. They now have the second worst record in the league, with 13 wins and 36 losses overall.


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Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have continued their winning form with their latest victory against the Thunder. The Suns now have the second-best record in the league and are only behind the Utah Jazz with their 34 wins and 14 losses.

The Suns face off against the Rockets tonight at 8:00 PM EST. Take a look at the injury updates and predictions for the same.


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Houston Rockets: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Houston Rockets suffered their 4th loss in a row as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated them 122-115. Given how viciously the injury bug has latched onto them, their disappointing record is understandable.

Feb 9, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (R) drives to the basket while defended by New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets have major injury concerns ahead of their game against the Suns. Guard John Wall is sidelined due to a knee injury. Backup guards Dante Exum and Chris Clemons are also out. Eric Gordon, Danuel House, and David Nwaba are also sidelined against the Suns.

Given the form they are in and the numerous changes their roster has seen, it will take a special performance from them for a win against the in-form Suns.

Probable Lineup

Kevin Porter Jr. (G)

Sterling Brown (G)

Jae’Sean Tate (F)

Kelly Olynyk (F)

Christian Wood (C)

Phoenix Suns: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Suns have been in blistering form recently, winning eight of their last ten games. They blew out the OKC Thunder in their latest game with a 140-103 win.

Feb 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrate during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns will be missing two players through injuries against the Rockets. Rotational guard Abdel Nader is out with a knee injury while the backup center Frank Kaminsky is sidelined due to the health and safety protocols.

Phoenix has been in an impeccable form of late. Given that they are facing an injury-laden Rockets side, the Suns should be in for a routine win.

Probable Lineup

Chris Paul (G)

Devin Booker (G)

Mikal Bridges (F)

Cameron Johnson (F)


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DeAndre Ayton (F)


The Suns are in amazing form lately and have a healthy squad as well. Given the injury woes the Rockets have, the Suns are the clear favorites for this game.


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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.