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Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers game preview

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NBA: Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Over a 3-hour period last night, the Rockets grabbed the league’s longest winning streak AND the league’s best record in terms of fewest losses and winning percentage. The league is noticing, but now the target on Houston’s back grows larger.

One team that has never shrunk from the Rockets is the Portland Trail Blazers.

Damian Lillard obviously gives Rockets fans nightmares to this day. C.J. McCollum keeps getting better. Al-Farouq Aminu and Meyers Leonard have had some great games against the Rockets.

Houston will dodge Jusuf Nurkic, who’s out with an ankle injury. Moe Harkless is also doubtful. For Houston, Nene is available after suffering a corneal abrasion and missing Houston’s game in Utah.

Portland is on a 3-game losing streak, with all three losses coming at home. They’ll be looking to get off the schneid and pick up a signature win all in one.

Once again, the Rockets should win this game, but that Portland crowd will make this a much tougher game than expected. It’s no coincidence that the Rockets went on their big run of the game against Utah at the start of the third quarter when the Jazz fans were still returning to their seats from the bathroom/snack lines. Houston will once again contend with some loud fans.

Tip-off is at 9pm CT