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Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors game preview

Undefeated teams meet in Houston tonight to determine who still has 82-0 on the table.

Scott Halleran

It's sad that this is a Saturday game. Had it been during the week, it would get a ton of attention and ESPN would be all over it. As it stands, we know the game will be ignored unless the Rockets lose. In that case, ESPN will talk about it for weeks.

I kid, sorta.

Obviously, only one team can theoretically go 82-0, and both of these teams will look to win this game and then knock off the Memphis Grizzlies on their way to perfection. So look out for that.

Both teams in this game have scored at insane clips and have been defending very well. Unstoppable force meets unstoppable force tonight.

Tip off is at 7pm CST.


Point Guard: Isaiah Canaan vs. Stephen Curry

Canaan got the start against the Celtics and Rajon Rondo, but the rest of the Rockets were able to make up for this difference. Tonight will be Canaan's first true test because Curry can get his in a way that Rondo can't. So while the matchup at shooting guard will get the headlines, this is the key matchup of the game.

Advantage: Warriors

Shooting Guard: James Harden vs. Klay Thompson

Huge tests for both of these guys. Thompson has been proving that he's worth his near-max extension and Harden has been incredible as the focal point of the offense on his way into the MVP conversation.

Here's another real test for Harden's improved defense. We might see Ariza guarding Thompson, but it's inevitable that Harden will have to guard Klay.

Advantage: Even

Small Forward: Trevor Ariza vs. Harrison Barnes

Ariza finally looked mortal against the Spurs, but a bounce-back game looks to be in order against the Warriors.

Advantage: Rockets

Power Forward: Donatas Motiejunas vs. Draymond Green

Green is averaging 13/7 through the four games for the Warriors.

D-Mo has been terrible so far. The Rockets might have to call on the services of K-Pap early, but if D-Mo can post up Green and be successful down low it could really give the Rockets a boost.

Advantage: Warriors

Center: Dwight Howard vs. Andrew Bogut

Bogut is averaging 7/10 with a couple of blocks so far this season. The Rockets need Howard to have a big game against him since the perimeter will either be a wash or a Warriors advantage.

Advantage: Rockets


Rockets: Propeller Plane, Tarik BlackKostas Papanikolaou, Troy Daniels

Warriors: Festus Ezeli, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, Andre Iguodala

Advantage: Warriors

Prediction: Rockets lose first game of the season 108-102.

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