The Houston Rockets play host to the Sacramento Kings at Toyota Center on Monday evening. The Rockets (15-7) have won six of their last 10 games, including their last two in a row. They are 9-2 at home, where they have won their last three contests. They are averaging 120.5 points per game, which is second most in the league, while averaging a league-best 15.7 threes per game. They are giving up an average of 15.4 turnovers per game but are averaging 8.8 steals per game, which is third best in the league. James Harden is averaging a league-best 38.5 points per game, while shooting 34 percent from long range. Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Ben McLemore has been playing great lately, averaging 19.4 points on 54 percent shooting, over his last five games. Clint Capela is averaging team highs with 14.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Meanwhile, this marks the second game of a back-to-back for the Kings (9-13), as they are coming off a solid win in Dallas on Sunday evening. Nemanja Bjelica led the way in the win with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Buddy Field added 26 points, five assists and four rebounds. The Kings ended a three-game slide with Sunday’s win, while this marks their third game of a four-game road trip. Buddy Hield leads the Kings with an average of 21.0 points per game. Richaun Holmes has been playing well, averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game. Harrison Barnes is averaging 16.5 points 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. De’Aaron Fox (ankle) remains sidelined, leaving Cory Joseph to handle most of the work at the point. Joseph is averaging 5.6 points, 5.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds over his last 10 games.
December 10, 2019