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Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks game preview

The Rockets look to snap a 2-game skid when they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to Toyota Center

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks are third in the NBA in scoring at 122.7 points per game.

The Houston Rockets are second in the NBA in defense at 107.3 points per game.

Conversely, Atlanta is 28th in defense (122.7 points per game allowed) and Houston is 25th in offense (110.7 points per game).

If you think you’re watching a 2003 Nancy Meyers rom-com, you’d be correct because Something’s Gotta Give.

The Hawks don’t throw many curveballs. They have two elite guards in Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, so everything runs through those two. De’Andre Hunter and Saddiq Bey give them shooters in the starting lineup, and Bogdan Bogdanovic comes off the bench and fills up the hoop when he’s in.

Two former Rockets feature for the Hawks. First, there’s Clint Capela, who’s been there since Daryl Morey gambled on the 5-out lineup and set Houston’s rebuild back by at least two years. Also on the Hawks is Garrison Mathews, who had some fun stretches with the Rockets during the dark days, but has found a place in the rotation in the past five games with Atlanta.

Want a fun stat? Mathews hasn’t attempted a single 2-point shot all season. He’s 13-28 from the field, and 13-28 from deep. That’s a staggering 46.4%, so the Rockets might do well to stay home or force him to drive.

Tip-off

7pm CT

How to Watch

Space City Home Network

Injuries/Other

Rockets

Amen Thompson-GTD (illness)

Hawks

AJ Griffin-GTD (personal)

Bogdan Bogdanovic-GTD (ankle)

Jalen Johnson-OUT (left wrist)

The Line (as of this post)

HOU -2.5

Looking ahead because we can

Friday against Dallas at home

Poll

Poll

Will Garrison Mathews attempt a 2-pointer tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Yes
    (6 votes)
  • 84%
    No
    (33 votes)
39 votes total Vote Now