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The Houston Rockets begin a challenging stretch of the schedule tonight in Portland. After battling it out with the Trail Blazers, the Rockets will head to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers, then to Utah, then they head back home to host the Bulls and the undefeated Knicks. A win in the Rose Garden tonight would be huge.

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November 16th, 2012
The Rose Garden
9:00 PM CST
CSNH, CSNW
Starting Lineups
Jeremy Lin PG Damian Lillard
James Harden SG Wesley Matthews
Chandler Parsons SF Nicolas Batum
Patrick Patterson PF LaMarcus Aldridge
Omer Asik C J.J. Hickson
2011/12 Advanced Stats
93.4 (7th of 30) Pace 92.6 (11th of 30)
102.6 (18th of 30) ORtg 104.3 (12th of 30)
101.7 (14th of 30)
DRtg 107.5 (26th of 30)

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Questions to Consider:

Damien Lillard was the steal of the draft at the 6th pick last summer. D-Lill is averaging 18.4 PPG and 6.6 assists so far during his rookie year. Can the new and defensively improved Jeremy Lin disrupt the rookie's rhythm?

The Rockets were able to keep Anthony Davis from making any noise Wednesday night thanks to some stellar team defense. Will the Rockets be able to keep LaMarcus Aldridge from repeating the 27 point performance he had the last time the Blazers took on the Rockets?

The Trail Blazers have one of the worst benches in the NBA. On November 3rd in Houston, the Blazer's b-squad put up a combined six points, 10 rebounds, and two assists split between seven players. Can Houston can key in on the starters defensively and force Portland's bench to contribute?

With Carlos Delfino out tonight, Marcus Morris will be asked to fill in as the back up small forward. Will Marcus Morris be able to stay productive when asked to step into an even larger role?

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