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Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers game preview

The Rockets look to bounce back after a rough night in Boston.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets cannot catch a break.

Tonight, the good guys will play their third game in about 60 hours. All on the road.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Armin, surely the Sixers also played Saturday night so it’s the same amount of rest!”

Except you’re wrong, and the Philadelphia 76ers haven’t played since Friday.

On paper, this is Houston’s second consecutive schedule loss. Now, NBA players get paid lots of money to play a children’s game, so you have to hope for professionalism and energy. However, after watching Houston wilt in the second half against a clearly more hungry Celtics squad, you’d be forgiven if you didn’t have high hopes for this one.

Now the hopeful news. The Sixers could be without Joel Embiid tonight, but the Rockets did lose to the Embiid-less Sixers already this season. The other good news is a long-term piece of good news, and that is that the Rockets are almost done with the Eastern Conference contenders. Of the teams favored to win the East, the Rockets will only have home games remaining against Miami and Boston.

Day games are also funky, and usually lead to some weirdness.

Tip-off

12pm CT

How to Watch

Space City Home Network and NBA TV

Injury Report

Rockets

Tari Eason-OUT (leg)

76ers

Joel Emiid-OUT (knee)

Robert Covington-OUT (knee)

De’Anthony Melton-OUT (lumbar)

Mo Bama-DOUBTFUL (knee)

The Line (as of this post)

PHI -7

Looking ahead because we can

Wednesday in New York

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