Will Demarcus Cousins Play Tonight? Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings Predictions, Starting Lineup & Injury Report

Published 01/02/2021, 1:30 PM EST
Dec 15, 2020; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins (15) looks to pass under pressure from San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV (1) during the first half. Mandatory Credit: Mike Wyke/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Because of COVID-19, teams will play more than a normal amount of back-to-back matches this NBA season. The Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings are no different. They are facing off again at the Toyota Center.

Preview for Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings

The Rockets won a closely contested game a couple of days ago to open their account for the season; however, the impressive Kings might feel a little hard done by that loss.


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A few Houston players, most notably John Wall, returned after sitting out the first few games in accordance with league protocols.

Houston Rockets – Starting 5

Guard – John Wall

GuardJames Harden

Center – Christian Wood

Forward – DeMarcus Cousins

Forward – Danuel House

Although the previous game saw Cousins return to the fold, it was only in a bench capacity. After Wall, it may be time to unleash the other injury-prone former All-Star. And it has the added motivation of playing against the team that drafted him and where he played his best basketball to date.

Silas should relegate the disappointing PJ Tucker to bench duty. While it will also be interesting to see how Christian Wood and Cousins gel together.

Woods has enjoyed a remarkable start to the season with 25 points and 9.3 rebounds to his name. The Rockets may have well and truly abandoned their ‘Small Ball’ lineup altogether.

Dec 26, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings – Starting 5

Guard – De’Aaron Fox

GuardBuddy Hield

Center – Richaun Holmes

Forward – Harrison Barnes

ForwardMarvin Bagley III


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There is no lead for coach Luke Walton to tweak the Kings’ lineup. They have started the season with some aplomb, propelling them to a winning record till now. Fox is playing a starring role with 20.6 points and 6.6 assists per game to his name.

Predictions for Rockets vs Kings

Although the Kings will be looking to avenge their loss, the Rockets have seemingly found their feet and may throw a spanner in the works.


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The return of Wall was a huge boost for them. And he showed no signs of rust considering how he took to the court after a gap of 2 years. And Cousins being re-instated into the starting lineup may be the icing on the cake for them.

It promises to be a spicy affair yet again, whatever the result may turn out to be. The All-Star calibre guards in both teams mean it will be a heavy-scoring contest.



Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.