The Houston Rockets face off against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, and look to go into the holiday weekend with their 12 win out their last 13 games. The Memphis Grizzlies are just behind the Rockets in the Western Conference standings, and have played surprisingly well despite some notable absences to their roster throughout the season.
The Grizzlies are the best defensive team in the NBA this season, but rank 2nd to last in points scored per game. In the past two weeks, the Grizzlies have notched impressive wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, even with missing key players.
The Grizzlies have arrived at their record despite Mike Conley being sidelined two weeks with a back injury, former Rocket Chandler Parsons missing over a month with a knee injury, and Zach Randolph missing some time after the passing of his mother. Conley and Parsons are off the injury report now, and the Rockets will face a tough test against a healthy Grizzlies team.
Montrezl Harrell is set to start another game for the Rockets with Clint Capela out, and in the two games with no Capela, Harrell has averaged 13 points and 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. Harrell and Nene will have their hands full guarding Marc Gasol, who is averaging a career-high 20.1 points this season and is becoming an elite center in the league.
A matchup to watch in tonight’s contest is if Tony Allen guards James Harden, as it would be one of the best guard defenders versus an elite scorer. The Rockets don’t have the easy road tonight as it will be tough for them to score vs an elite defense, but if the 3-pointer is going in, well you know.
Merry Christmas and Go Rockets!
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