NBA action continues with a host of games, but all eyes will be in Los Angeles, monitoring the progress of the City’s rival franchises. The games on Wednesday night could prove to be the defining moments for both teams who are contenders for the title this season. Here is a preview of both games ahead of Wednesday NBA game night.
Housten Rockets VS. Los Angeles Clippers
Rockets go into this game with a 7-3 record (7 wins, 3 losses), which sees them sit in 1st place in the Southwest Division and 3rd overall in the Western Conference. They are currently unbeaten in their last four NBA games after losing two consecutive games against Brooklyn Nets (123-116) and Miami Heat (129-100). Those four wins after the two consecutive losses have come against the Memphis Grizzlies (107-100), Golden State Warriors (129-112), Chicago Bulls (117-94), and New Orleans Pelicans (122-116) which is 2 victories at home and on the road each.
In all of those victories, star Point guard James Harden ended up scoring the highest points and assists, which increased his total points for this season to 37.3. He also currently tops his team’s leaderboard with the highest assists (8.3). Center Clint Capela has also recorded the highest rebounds (11.7) and blocks (2.2) in the team so far this season with off-season arrival, Point guard Rusell Westbrook with the highest steals (2.0) in the team. The trio will be hoping to improve on their impressive numbers so far ahead of the game against the Clippers.
The Rockets are, however, currently without the services of Shooting Guard Eric Gordon, who is reportedly out with a knee injury. Shooting Guard Gerald Green is also out with a foot injury that will sideline him from NBA action for the next six months.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are currently 2nd in the Pacific Division and 5th overall in Western Conference with a decent 7-3 record so far this season. After beginning the season with 2 impressive wins over the Los Angeles Lakers (112-102) and Golden State Warriors (141-122) on the road, the Clippers have since had indifferent season with all their 3 defeats coming in their last 8 games. They are however, unbeaten in their last 2 games: 107-101 against the Portland Trail Blazers and 98-88 win over Toronto Raptors in a game which saw Forward Kawhi Leonard take on his former team for the first time since his departure during the offseason. Despite struggling against his former team, Leonard has so far been impressive for most of the Clippers’ games so far this season. He currently tops the team’s charts for the highest points (26.9), rebounds (8.5), assists (5.9) and steals (2.2). His team will be hoping he continues his impressive performances in perhaps a difficult encounter against the Rockets. Paul George is a doubt for this game as he is still nursing a shoulder injury. Aside that, the Clippers have no major injury concern.
Prediction: Rockets to win and make it 5 wins in a row.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VERSUS GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Los Angeles Lakers VS. Golden State Warriors
The game involving both the Lakers and the Warriors in Los Angeles on Wednesday night will be an encounter between two teams who have so far had contrasting starts to the season. The Lakers host the struggling Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers earned their eighth win in nine games after recording a 123-115 road victory over the Phoenix Suns in their last outing on Tuesday. They currently boast of an impressive 8-2 (8 wins, 2 losses) record so far this seasonan which sees them first in the Pacific Division and first overall in the Western Conference. Since their 112-102 loss to LA rivals the Clippers in the first game of the season, the Lakers have been impressive since then and are currently being touted as favorites for the NBA Championship this season. Rajon Rondo made his return from injury against the Suns after missing the opening nine games due to a strained right calf. Rondo recorded five points, seven assists and six rebounds in 14 minutes. Forward Anthony Davis has been excellent in his debut season for the Lakers and his partnership with LeBron James in the team has been the biggest factor behind their successes this season. Davis has the highest points (26.3), rebounds (10.4) and blocks (2.9) in the Lakers team this season. If both players are to stay injury-free for the rest of the season, their title ambitions could become reality.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors on the other hand have endured a terrible start to the season by their own standards. Last year’s losing finalists have only won 2 and lost 8 games this season which means they have a poor record of 2-8. These poor round of results see them currently lying 5th in the Pacific division and bottom in the Western Conference. Failure to get suitable replacements for Kevin Durant and Iguadala coupled with the injuries to Klay Thompson and Steph Curry has derailed their ambition for another NBA title in recent times. This is perhaps their most important and must-win game for them to get back on track if they are to even advance to the playoffs this season. The woeful Warriors have lost four in a row and seven of their past eight contests. Their recent loss came earlier this week against Utah Jazz (122-108). Center Kevon Looney (neuropathy), guard Damion Lee (fractured right hand) and center Omari Spellman (left ankle sprain) have all joined All-Stars Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) and Klay Thompson (left knee, ACL) on the sidelines and are doubtful for the game in Los Angeles.
Prediction: Lakers to win
Full Wednesday Game Match-ups
- Hornets VS. Grizzlies
- Rockets VS. Clippers
- Timberwolves VS. Spurs
- Trail Blazers VS. Raptors
- Orlando Magic VS. 76ers
- Celtics VS. Wizards
- Lakers VS. Warriors
- Cavaliers VS. Miami Heat