Sorry for the late preview. Medical school is hard and time-consuming. In similar news, the sky is blue. Tyreke Evans has been ruled out.
Onto the matchups...
PG: Kyle Lowry vs. Beno Udrih:
Udrih has been inconsistent but is still shooting 47% and 12/4/3. Normally, Evans brings the ball down too but tonight it will be all Udrih, who is a good shooter.
SG: Kevin Martin vs. Luther Head:
I hated Luther when he was in Houston. My hatred of him was only surpassed by my hatred for Rafer Alston and Jazz fans.
SF: Shane Battier vs. Donte Greene:
I want to start calling Sac-Town "Rockets West". They have Head, Greene, and Landry.
PF: Luis Scola vs. Jason Thompson:
He's getting 8/6 on 49% shooting. But let's talk about Carl Landry, who comes off the bench. Landry hasn't turned into the big-time contributor the Kings were hoping he'd be when they got him in last season's trade with the Rockets. He's averaging just 7/1 over his last five outings. Ouch.
C: Chuck Hayes vs. DeMarcus Cousins:
Cousins still need a lot of work, but I've seen him a couple of times already this season and I can see what the Rockets saw in him when they wanted to trade up to get him. I'll call it even here.
Kings: Omri Casspi, Carl Landry, Samuel Dalembert, Pooh (YES, POOH!!!) Jeter, Francisco Garcia
Rockets: Ish Smith, Courtney Lee, Brad Miller, Jordan Hill, Chase Budinger, Jermaine Taylor, Jared Jeffries
Advantage: Even, only because they have a guy named Pooh
Kings: Tyreke Evans out
Rockets: Brooks out, Yao out
Prediction: Rockets should win this