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Game thread: Rockets vs. Nuggets

James Harden is out today, but can the Rockets still get the job done?

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (28-16) vs. Denver Nuggets (31-14), Jan. 26, 2020, 2:30 p.m. CDT

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

TV: NBA TV, AT&T Sports Southwest

Radio: KBME 790 AM/KEYH 850 AM (Spanish)/KNTE 101.7 FM (Spanish)/Streaming on Rockets App

Online: Rockets App

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Projected Starting Lineups

Houston: Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Ben McLemore, P.J. Tucker, Clint Capela

Denver: Gary Harris, Will Barton, Torrey Craig, Jerami Grant, Nikola Jokic

With James Harden out today and doubtful vs. Jazz tomorrow, the Rockets are behind the 8-ball and could really use a win today despite strenuous circumstances.

The Rockets are just 8-7 in games where Harden does not play in the last three seasons.

In a game against a very good Nuggets team, a win would add a lot of confidence to a team that has been through a rough patch as of late.

It would also shoulder the blow of a likely loss tomorrow evening with both Harden and Westbrook out against the Jazz at home.

Let’s see if Brodie and Co. can work their magic!