#WizRockets Preview

By: Jeremy Hyman

Last Season vs. Houston

The Wizards and Rockets split the season series, 1-1.

What to Watch For

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.

Who's Hot

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.

X-Factor

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.

Marcin Gortat

vs.

Dwight Howard

12.3
PPG
17.8
8.7
RPG
12.9
1.5
BPG
1.8
.516
FG %
.574

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

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 19.5 | RPG: 4.2 | APG: 8.6
PG Jeremy Lin
6-3 | 200 lbs |
PPG: 14.0 | RPG: 2.7 | APG: 4.0
Bradley Beal
6-5 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 17.6 | RPG: 3.6 | APG: 2.9
SG James Harden
6-5 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 24.9 | RPG: 4.9 | APG: 5.3
Trevor Ariza
6-8 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 14.0 | RPG: 5.7 | APG: 2.6
SF Chandler Parsons
6-9 | 227 lbs |
PPG: 17.2 | RPG: 5.4 | APG: 3.6
Trevor Booker
6-8 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 6.7 | RPG: 6.8 | APG: 1.1
PF Terrence Jones
6-9 | 252 lbs |
PPG: 10.1 | RPG: 7.0 | APG: 1.2
Marcin Gortat
6-11 | 240 lbs |
PPG: 12.3 | RPG: 8.7 | APG: 1.6
C Dwight Howard
6-11 | 265 lbs |
PPG: 17.8 | RPG: 12.9 | APG: 1.8


Wizards (16-18)
vs.
Rockets (23-14)
97.5
PPG
105.1
42.6
RPG
45.3
22.7
APG
19.9
.444
FG%
.472
.462
OPP FG%
.436
.383
3PT FG%
.341
.734
FT%
.693
15.3
TO
16.4
5-5
Last 10
6-4

Glen Rice (wrist) - Out
Al Harrington (knee) - Out


Rockets Omer Asik (thigh/knee) - Out
Patrick Beverley (hand) - Out
Chandler Parsons (knee) - Gametime
Greg Smith (knee) - Gametime

1/11 - HOU @ WAS 2/12 - WAS @ HOU