Rockets vs. Nets: Rockets Look to End Skid

Things could be going better for our Rockets. A lot better. They certainly could be going much worse.

A week ago, they were tied for fourth place in the West. Today, they sit in ninth place behind the Minnesota Timberwolves. Never thought that would happen.

All hope is not lost. There are still 26 games left, and the Rockets are three games out of third place. With plenty of winnable games left, I might add. Plenty of loseable games, too.

So hopefully the Rockets start a new streak tonight. Otherwise, we could be heading into the offseason pretty early, and all those people who advocated tanking at the beginning of the year will never shut up.

This is a scene from my favorite ESPN documentary, "Once Brothers." It's absolutely fantastic and I cannot recommend it enough. Really, there aren't many things you can accomplish in an hour and a half that would justify not watching this movie.

Once Brothers Drazen Petrovic (via NBA)

Update: Jordan Hill playing playing tonight, according to Friedman.

Matchups after the jump. Tip is at 7pm CST.

Matchups:

PG: Goran Dragic vs. Jordan Farmar:

I know Lowry is technically "day-to-day," but I don't expect him to be 100% if he starts and I assume Dragic will get lots of minutes here anyway. So Dragic plays despite the bruised foot. X-rays were negative, but that means we still might get some Flynn action.

Should I post another Tron: Legacy trailer? Nah, but I want to really badly.

Oh, and Deron Williams will be out tonight, too, it seems. Good news for the Rockets, who need a break in the worst possible way. Farmar has been playing well of late, so don't discount him.

Advantage: Even

SG: Kevin Martin vs. Marshon Brooks:

Quick: which backcourt averages more points between the Rockets and Nets?

Answer: The Nets.

Lowry and Martin combine for about 34 points per game. Williams and Brooks combine for 36.

Just interesting.

Advantage: Rockets

SF: Chandler Parsons vs. DeShawn Stevenson:

Stevenson starts for his defense. Meaning he might be guarding K-Mart, who has to have a great game for the Rockets to win, especially with Lowry under the weather.

Parsons just needs to keep doing what he's doing.

Advantage: Rockets

PF: Luis Scola vs. Kris Humphries:

Humphries is averaging 13/11 and is a free agent after this season. Is he better than Luis Scola?

Meh, I'll call it even.

Advantage: Even

C: Samuel Dalembert vs. Shelden Williams:

In keeping with the short matchups, I'll just say Dalembert is better than Williams and leave it at that.

Advantage: Rockets

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Bench/Role Players:

Nets: Sundiata Gaines, Anthony Morrow, Gerald Green, Johan Petro

Rockets: Goran Dragic, Chase Budinger, Patrick Patterson, Courtney Lee

Advantage: Rockets

Injuries/Inactives:

Nets: Brook Lopez out, Mehmet Okur out, Deron Williams out

Rockets: Jordan Hill day-to-day, Kyle Lowry day-to-day

Prediction: Rockets 102-95

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