I haven't written a Wizards preview for a few years now since BD is our resident expert on the Wiz. I feel like I don't know this team at all anymore, so I wanted to do this one.
The Rockets have the longest winning streak in the league at 6. Tonight they'll try to push it to 7 before the All-Star break. After the break, they head to the West coast for a 5-game road swing.
The Rockets get yet another break before the break: the Wizards played in Memphis last night, losing 92-89.
Tip off is at 7pm CST on NBA TV.
Wall and Beal, affectionately known as Slash and Dash, have kept the Wizards in a playoff spot in the East. Wall sliced and diced the Rockets last time, leading the Wizards back from a 25-point deficit all the way to a 5-point lead late in the fourth quarter. However, Beverley wasn't there last time.
Beal scored 37 points against Memphis. That's incredibly impressive considering how good the Grizzlies defense is. He shot 15-24 and 5-7 from 3. If he brings that hot shooting into Houston, it could be trouble for Houston.
It's Bad Game Parsons' turn tonight.
Ariza has turned into a fantastic three point shooter, especially from the corners.
Power Forward: Terrence Jones vs. Nene
The Rockets were outrebounded the last time these teams met, with Nene pulling down 10 boards.
Jones had an incredible 19/17 against Washington, so he might draw confidence from that.
Anyone else ever watching the #Rockets game and be like..."holy shit...we got Dwight Howard, man!" yep. I still do that from time to time.— Mike K (@Zepp1978) February 11, 2014
All the time, Mike. All the time.
Prediction: Rockets win 108-101.