With recently suspended starters Kevin Porter Jr. and Christian Wood presumably back in the lineup, the Houston Rockets will look to snap an eight-game losing streak with Wednesday’s visit to Washington.
In their most recent loss at Philadelphia, the Rockets benefited from a very strong return by former Wizards wing Garrison Mathews, who had missed the prior four games while in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. However, it was offset by an unusually cold game by rookie Jalen Green, who shot just 25% overall and 20% on 3-pointers.
For Mathews, Wednesday’s 6:00 p.m. CST tipoff in Washington could be a revenge opportunity of sorts, since the 25-year-old played his first two NBA seasons there but ultimately was not re-signed after 2020-21.
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When and How to Watch
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 5
Time: 6 p.m. Central
TV Channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBA League Pass
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free in Houston markets)
Probable starting lineups
Houston Rockets (10-28)
Guard: Kevin Porter Jr.
Guard: Jalen Green
Forward: Eric Gordon
Forward: Jae’Sean Tate
Center: Christian Wood
Washington Wizards (19-18)
Both lineups are from each team’s most recent game notes.
The Rockets have Armoni Brooks, Usman Garuba, and DeJon Jarreau listed as out for Wednesday’s game due to health and safety protocols, while Alperen Sengun is out with a right ankle sprain.
The Wizards have a whopping seven players in health and safety protocols: Spencer Dinwiddie, Anthony Gill, Rui Hachimura, Montrezl Harrell, Aaron Holiday, Brad Wanamaker, and Tremont Waters. Meanwhile, Thomas Bryant is out due to a left knee injury.
However, Washington is also listing Dinwiddie as a possible starter, which suggests he might still be cleared in time for tipoff.
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