Wednesday presents a huge matchup as the Rockets host the Los Angeles Clippers at the Toyota Center in Houston. Both teams have the same record after 10 games, with 7 wins and 3 losses so far in the season. Will James Harden and Russell Westbrook be able to defeat the Kawhi Leonard-led Clippers?
Harden and Westbrook are collaborating well as the team, despite the defensive problems, are on a 4-game winning streak and are just 1 win behind the Lakers and the Jazz for the Western Conference top spot. The Rockets lead the NBA in points per game, averaging 120.3 points, mainly because of Harden's offensive skills, as the guard in the Nº1 offensive player in the league with 37.3 points per game. Defensively, the Rockets are one of the worst teams in the league (26th), conceding 118,4 points on average to their opponents. For today, the team will need to be aggressive offensively to surpass a very good defensive Clippers team, with some of the best defenders in the League like Beverley and Kawhi Leonard.
Westbrook; Harden; House Jr.; PJ Tucker; Capela
Without Paul George since the beginning, Clippers fans could have great news tonight as the forward might come back for today. Patrick Beverley and Kawhi Leonard will play huge roles tonight as they will have the tough task to defend Westbrook and Harden. The Clippers won just 1 of the 3 away games played so far, and today they'll face a team that lost just one of the 4 games played at home. Landry Shamet is questionable for tonight as the guard suffered a left ankle sprain injury on Monday against the Toronto Raptors.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS PREDICTED LINEUP:
Beverley; Robinson; Kawhi Leonard; Patterson; Zubac
Despite having great defenders, the Clippers are averaging almost 121 points per game outside the Staples Center and today they'll face the Nº1 offensive team in the League!
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