Washington Wizards make their home debut this season as they entertain Western Conference outfit Houston Rockets at Capital One Arena, in Washington.
Wizards opened the new season with three straight road trips and have done reasonably well in those games. Wizards made their season-opener an interesting match to watch after a late rally, and matches San Antonio Spurs toe to toe in the next game, with only DeMar Derozan’s late tough shot robbing them off a victory.
Wizards’ other result was against Oklahoma City Thunder which they won 85-97 at Chesapeake Arena. It was a job well-done by Wizards and head coach Scott Brooks will demand the same defensive discipline from his teammates as he aims to keep James Harden and Russell Westbrook quiet in this match.
Houston Rockets have responded to their season-opener 111-117 defeat versus Milwaukee Bucks with two consecutive wins against New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Still, Miked’Antoni won’t be satisfied with the performance of his team, especially from his defenders.
Houston have let 117.3 points per game, which isn’t good enough if Harden and Co want to compete for the championship this season.
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Host: Washington Wizards
Visitors: Houston Rockets
Venue: Capital One Arena
Match Timing: October 31, 05: 30 AM
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Washington Wizards Team News:
C.J. Miles won’t play against Houston Rockets as he recovers from a foot injury which forced him to miss the first three games for Wizards.
Troy Brown Jr could make his first appearance for Wizards this season. The 20-year-old is down with a calf injury.
Wizards’ head coach Scott Brooks said before the tilt against San Antonio Spurs that Isaiah Thomas “will not play heavy minutes”. The former Boston Celtics star did play 20 minutes and scored 16 points, and amassed five assists and 3 rebounds.
Houston Rockets Team News:
Houston Rockets have no fresh injury concerns from the last game but Gerald Green will miss the rest of the season due to a foot injury. He will go under the knife this week.
In addition, Michael Frazier is expected to miss this match with an ankle injury.
WAS vs HOU predicted starting five:
PF: Rui Hachimura
SF: Isaac Bonga
SG: Bradley Beal
PG: Ish Smith
C: Thomas Bryant
PF: Danuel House
SF: P.J. Tucker
SG: Clint Capela
PG: James Harden
C: Russell Westbrook
Likely 2nd unit:
Washington Wizards: Davis Bertans, Jordan McRae, Chris Chiozza, Moritz Wagner, Admiral Schofield, Garrison Matthews, Justin Robinson
Houston Rockets: Eric Gordon, Auston Rivers, Ben McLemore, Thabo Sefolosha, Tyson Chandler
WAS vs HOU Dream11 teams: