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Fresh off a woeful run of 15 consecutive losses, the Rockets are suddenly on a winning streak — and an impressive one, at that. The teams Houston has defeated in its last two games are Chicago (13-8) and Charlotte (13-9), who are both among the Eastern Conference’s top six teams.
Now, the Rockets enter a stretch where , at least on paper, they could potentially stack several wins together! Starting with Monday’s home game versus the Thunder, Houston’s next four games are against Oklahoma City (6-13) twice, Orlando (4-17), and New Orleans (5-17), and three are within the friendly confines of Toyota Center.
With big man Christian Wood and third-year point guard Kevin Porter Jr. leading the way amid a smaller lineup comprised of more shooters and better floor spacing, the Rockets suddenly have hope — even with rookie guard Jalen Green out for the time being with a hamstring injury.
Can they keep the momentum going against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder? Here’s when you should tune in to see the game:
Date: Monday, Nov. 29
Time: 7 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 (3-16)
Guard: Kevin Porter Jr.
Guard: Eric Gordon
Forward: Garrison Mathews
Forward: Jae’Sean Tate
Center: Christian Wood
Oklahoma City Thunder (6-13)
Guard: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Guard: Josh Giddey
Forward: Luguentz “Lu” Dort
Forward: Darius Bazley
Center: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
The Rockets beat the Thunder by 33 points in Houston in late October before losing to them by 12 points at Oklahoma City in mid-November. Locking in defensively on Dort would seem to be critical to Houston’s chances, since the third-year wing scored 8 points on 3-of-9 shooting in the loss and had 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting in the win.
As for the injury reports, Green is listed as out for the Rockets due to his left hamstring strain, while Kenrich Williams is out for the Thunder with a right ankle sprain. Otherwise, both teams appear to be healthy.