By: Jeremy Hyman
The Wizards and Rockets split the season series, 1-1.
Finding Their Way at Home - The Wizards return home after going 2-1 on their most recent road trip and will look to find a way to begin protecting their home court. While they have won six of eight on the road, they have lost six of seven at home. They welcome a tough Western Conference opponent to Verizon Center tonight in the Houston Rockets.
Star Power - The Rockets made a big splash this off-season when they landed Dwight Howard via free-agency. He and James Harden make for one of the NBA's toughest one-two combos and will be the focal points for the Wizards tonight. Chandler Parsons missed last night's game with a knee injury and is questionable tonight, but he has become an elite 3-point shooter and give the Rockets the ability to space the floor around Howard.
The Wizards were held to a season-low 13 assists and 66 points last night in Indianapolis, but look for them to come out aggressive and play a faster paced game tonight at home.
Wizards - Bradley Beal is averaging over 18 points per game over the Wizards last three games and led the team in scoring last night with 17 points.
Rockets - James Harden scored 25 points and dished out 7 assists in a loss in Atlanta last night. He's averaging just under 25 points per game this season, which is good for 5th in the NBA.
3-point shooting - No team in the league shoots more 3-pointers than the Houston Rockets. They average 26.3 3-point attempts per game, but shoot just 34.1 % as a team, which is 24th in the NBA. The Wizards rank 4th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage at 38.3 %, while averaging 20.9 attempts per game. Tonight could be a shootout and whichever team can make their 3-pointers could be the one that wins.
The action kicks off at 7:00pm at Verizon Center.
For his first 3.5 years in the league, Marcin Gortat spent his time backing up Dwight Howard in Orlando. Tonight, the two will go at it for the first time as members of the Wizards and Rockets. After scoring in double figures for five straight games, Gortat had that streak snapped last night when he was held to just four points in Indiana. Howard scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds last night in a loss in Atlanta.
Gortat's 3-point play