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Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies game preview

The Rockets look to bounce back against Southwest Division rivals Memphis Grizzlies.

Isn't that sweet?
Isn't that sweet?
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Well, last night sucked.

Tonight, the Rockets have a chance to redeem themselves after crumbling late in Atlanta. Houston will be with James Harden tonight, which should be a big help. You know, because he's really good and stuff.

As for the Grizzlies, the first inclination is to look at Memphis' loss to Utah last night and think, "What a horrible loss." But the (insert multiple expletives) Jazz are 5-1 since the All-Star Break with wins over Portland, San Antonio, and Milwaukee. Rudy Gobert has also been a fiend and snatched 24 rebounds against the Grizz.

Memphis was without Zach Randolph (illness) and Tony Allen (team suspension) for the game, so they should be back at full strength provided that Randolph is recovered. Is it just me, or has Houston played big frontcourt after big frontcourt since Dwight went down?

The Grizz acquired Jeff Green and promptly went 15-3. Since then, they've gone1-3. Green has been a fantastic pickup for Memphis and might have been the best addition made during the season.

But the best addition tonight will be James Harden. HE'S BACK!

Anyway, both team are on a back-to-back and had to fly to Houston afterwards. Neither team will really have an advantage in that regard, but getting Zach Randolph and Tony Allen back might be enough to overcome James Harden returning for Houston. Allen has said that he hasn't figured out Harden, so we will have to see how that matchup plays itself out.

Prediction: Memphis dominates inside and pulls out a close win.

Tip-off is at 7pm CST.

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