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Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks game preview

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Houston Rockets Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The last time the Houston Rockets saw Damian Lillard in action, Dame dropped 71 points.

Tonight will be a nice test to see if the remaining Rockets can put forth a better performance than that night. It would be difficult to do worse, honestly. Of course, that version of Lillard was surrounded by the lottery-destined Blazers. Now, he has Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez.

Lopez, of course, spurned the Rockets in the offseason to return to the Milwaukee Bucks. Count me as one of those that thought that Lopez and Sengun could have coexisted (easily, I think), but certainly his decision to stay in Wisconsin has given more of the offensive and defensive responsibility to Sengun. Offensively, I think Sengun would have played in the post and Lopez could have spotted up or worked a high-low. Defensively would have been the issue, and I do think that Sengun would not have made the strides he has if he had Lopez patrolling the paint with him.

The Rockets are coming in off their second consecutive (and total) road victory. The Bucks play tonight in Detroit, and are resting Middleton and listed Giannis as probable with an illness. This bug going around the country needs to take a hike. Stay warm and hydrated, everyone!

Tip-off

6pm CT

How to Watch

Space City Home Network

Injuries/Other

Rockets

Amen Thompson.-GTD (illness)

Jae’Sean Tate-GTD (illness)

Probably like 2 other players-OUT (illness)

Bucks

N/A

The Line (as of this post)

N/A

Looking ahead because we can

Monday night in Cleveland