Fixture: Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets
Date & Time: Saturday, December 21, 2019, 9:00 PM ET (Sunday, 2:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Area, Phoenix
The two teams will be coming into the Saturday’s fixture after a game against Los Angeles Clippers- one with an impressive win and another with a disappointing loss.
The Houston Rockets will be coming into the game against Phoenix Suns after a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Their 122-117 victory was led by Russell Westbrook and James Harden, both of whom registered double doubles. Westbrook scored 40 points and took down 10 rebounds and Harden scored 28 points and dished out 10 assists. As many as six of their players registered a double digits point tally. They would be high on confidence after the victory, which was their 19th after 28 games in the season so far.
For the Suns, the last outing in the NBA ended in a 21-point defeat. However, their biggest positive would be the return of Deandre Ayton. Coming back from suspension, he immediately made an impact with a double-double. He registered 18 points and 12 rebounds on the night.
The Suns, with a win-loss record of 11-17, are currently 11th in the Western Conference as they face an uphill battle on Saturday.
Injuries: No injuries
Expected starting line-up:
Injuries: Eric Gordon (Knee)- Probable, Nene (Hip)- Out, Gerald Green (Foot)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Russell Westbrrok, James Harden, Danuel House, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela
The Suns haven’t been able to win big at home. Their 6-10 record in Phoenix is far from what they would have hoped at the start of the season. The fact that the upcoming home game would be against a strong looking Rockets side won’t make it easier. The Rockets have won nine of their 14 road trips so far, and look good enough to win their 10th on Saturday.
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