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Game Thread No. 36: Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards

Rockets aim to start 2017 with a win.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (26-9) vs. Washington Wizards (16-16), Jan 2, 2017, 7:00 PM CST

Radio: KBME 790 AM
Online: NBA League Pass
Wizards SBNation Blog: Bullets Forever

Projected Starting Lineups

Houston Rockets

G - James Harden
G - Corey Brewer
C - Montrez Harrell
F - Trevor Ariza
F - Ryan Anderson

Washington Wizard

G- John Wall
G - Bradley Beal
C - Marcin Gortat
F - Markieff Morris
F - Otto Porter

Pregame notes

  • Rockets haven’t lost 3 straight at home to Wizards since a 4 games from 3/10/78-11/24/79
  • Houston is looking to sweep Washington for the seventh time over the past 12 seasons
  • Both teams have scored 100+ points in seven of the past eight meetings, including 3 straight

2016-17 Season Series Stats and Notes

  • Over the past three meetings, Rockets are averaging 115.0 points on 49.2% shooting… Wizards shot 41.5% on 11/7 after shooting 48.0% in 15-16.
  • Houston is averaging 15.3 3FGM on 43.8% shooting over the past three meetings… Wizards are outrebounding Rockets by 7.0 rpg past 3 games.
  • Over the past three meetings, James Harden is averaging 37.7 points on 57.6% shooting… Patrick Beverly did not play on 11/7 (14.5 ppg in 15-16).