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Houston Rockets vs Atlanta Hawks NBA opener: How to watch, stream and listen

Where can you find the Rockets’ season opener on TV, the internet and radio?

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NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets
Can Alperen Sengun hold up against Atlanta’s big men?
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets kick off their season against the Atlanta Hawks on the road on Wednesday night. In 2021-22, these teams split their season series at a game a piece. Still, it’s fair to say that the Rockets will be underdogs heading into this contest.

With that said, if the Hawks struggle, it may be due to their newly assembled backcourt. Adding Dejounte Murray alongside Trae Young gives the Hawks one of the more purely talented backcourts in the NBA, but the two haven't played so much as a regular season game together.

By contrast, the Rockets’ starting backcourt of Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green have a bond so close that it appears brotherly. With Porter Jr. having just been rewarded with a uniquely structured contract extension, it will be interesting to see if he comes out of the gate eager to prove that he’s going to earn that non-guaranteed money.

Otherwise, Rockets fans will keep a close eye on Alperen Sengun. Recently, there’s been speculation that he could be moved to the second unit in favor of the more traditional rim-running Bruno Fernando. The Hawks will be a true test for Sengun. If he’s starting, he’ll be facing off with former Rocket Clint Capela. On the other hand, if he’s with the reserves, he’ll be matched up with Onyeka Onkongwu. Few teams in the NBA have as strong of a tandem of defensive big men.

All told, this will be a good test for the young Rockets. The Hawks are a quality team with playoff aspirations, but they’re not necessarily among the league’s elite teams either. If the Rockets can keep this game competitive, it may be time for their fans to start looking at upcoming draft prospects who aren’t named Wembanyana.

How to follow the game

Date: Wednesday, October 19th

Time: 6:30 PM CDT

Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA

Watch it live: AT&T SportsNet Southwest and NBA League Pass

Live stream: SlingTV, fuboTV

Listen: SportsTalk 790 AM, NewsTalk 740 KTRH, SUNNY 99.1 FM

Current betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook

Line: Rockets +9 -110

Over/under totals: 232.0 -110

Money line: Rockets +330, Hawks -410

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