HOU vs LAC Dream11: Houston Rockets host Los Angeles Clippers at Toyota Center in a matchup between the two in-form teams in the Western Conference. With 7 wins and 3 defeats, both the teams boast an identical record after 10 regular-season games.
There are many factors which indicate that it's going to be a great tussle at Toyota Center. The form on which both the teams head into this game is one of the factors with each team looking to maintain the momentum going, while another is Rockets' leaky defence.
The Rockets have the 5th worst defence in NBA at the moment, conceding 118.4 points per game. But the recent results are cause for optimism for Mike D'Antoni, as the improved showing inside the paint has brought the average down to 104.5 points per game in the last five matches.
But the Rockets not faced a team of Los Angeles Clippers' profile in those games, and the defence certainly didn't come up against the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Montrezl Harrell.
Host: Houston Rockets
Visitors: Los Angeles Clippers
Match Timing: November 14, @06:00 AM
Venue: Toyota Center
James Harden: The leading scorer this season, and it's been two consecutive seasons now. He is averaging 37.3 points per game, the only player to average more than 35 points this season.
Kawhi Leonard: The reigning NBA finals MVP. Everybody can see how good he is, an unstoppable force at the moment, the best two-way player in NBA, and the biggest threat to Giannis Antetokounmpo's throne this season. The former San Antonio Spurs superstar is averaging 26.9 points per game.
Lou Williams: The only player from the 2nd unit who is averaging in the 20s this season. In fact, he led the scoring from the bench last season as well. The 33-year-old is averaging 22.3 points per game this season.
Montrezl Harrell: He hardly leaves the court without having an impact. Just shoehorn hin in your squad, no matter how and what it costs you, for he guarantees a good return.
Russell Westbrook: The king of triple-double is scoring at 21.9 points per game this season, and racking up 8.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game as well.
TheRockets have suffered a huge blow after it was confirmed that Eric Gordon will require knee surgery. He is set to be out for roughly 4-6 weeks.
In addition, the Rockets continues to be without Nene Hilario and Gerald Green.
Los Angeles Clippers:
A good piece of news for the Clippers fans that the Clippers have upgraded Paul George to questionable ahead of this match, which means he could make his debut in this match. But that will only be possible if he comes unscathed from the pre-game shootaround.
Landry Shamet has been ruled out from the match against Houston Rockets. He has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain after undergoing an MRI earlier in the day.
PF: P.J. Tucker
SF: Danuel House
C: Clint Capela
PG: James Harden
SG: Russell Westbrook
Los Angeles Clippers:
PF: Kawhi Leonard
SF: Patrick Patterson
C: Ivica Zubac
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: Auston Rivers
Rockets: Ben McLemore, Tyson Chandler, Thabo Sefolosha
Clippers: Lou Williams, Maurice Harkless, Montrezl Harrell, JaMychal Green, Rodney McGruder, Terance Mann
Clippers are 1-2 on the road this season, while the Rockets have a 3-1 record at Toyota Center. Kawhi Leonard and Co. will surely be looking to take advantage of Rockets' inconsistency in defence, while will have to be on guard to tackle the threat of James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Considering Clippers will miss a potent player from the bench in the form of Eric Gordon, and Rockets' improved defence in the last couple of games, we back the hosts to win here.