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Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors game preview

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Well, the Houston Rockets control their own fate.

With two more losses, the Rockets will once again have the worst record in the league and once again have a guaranteed top 5 pick. While we’ll delve into draft prospects as draft coverage ramps up, it’s nice to know that if there’s five top tier players (most draftniks think there’s a clear top 4, and then a couple of solid candidates for the fifth pick), the Rockets will get one of them.

The Toronto Raptors started 14-17. They seemed headed to another disappointing season like their 27-45 campaign of 2020-21. But they have turned it around. They’re 47-33 and might get the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round. Oh, and they just beat the Sixers last night.

So as we’ve seen more than a few times before this season, the Rockets are playing against a team that needs a win to solidify their playoff positioning (or maybe move up if things go just right). That’s generally a recipe for a Rockets loss, but the second night of a back-to-back could throw a possible wrench into the tank. And tanks don’t run as well when they have a bunch of wrenches in them. Well, I assume that’s the case. I’m not a tank expert. Or a wrench guy.

Tip-off is at 6:30pm CT on AT&T SportsNet Southwest