The Sacramento Kings travel to Texas to play the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on Wednesday.
The Kings (18-38) come into this matchup losing four of their last six games, despite winning their most recent outing on Tuesday. That victory came against a struggling Dallas Mavericks team, with veterans like Zach Randolph and Vince Carter being key in that win. That brings up an interesting circumstance for this matchup though, as that was the front end of this back-to-back set. That may mean these veterans will be rested, with Sacramento doing that for the majority of the season. The inconsistencies of the rotation show in the overall statistics too, with Sacramento ranking 30th in scoring, 20th in points allowed, 29th in rebounding and 26th in assists. Those are some ugly all-around statistics and it should be no surprise that this team is within two games for the worst record in the NBA. It's all about development though and young players like Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein are all showing drastic signs of improvement game by game.
The Rockets (43-13) are scorching hot right now, as they've won nine-straight and 13 of their last 14 in total. What's equally as scary is how good they've been when fully healthy, as this team has only lost two games all year with James Harden. Chris Paul and Clint Capela all suiting up. That doesn't even take into consideration that numerous role players who continue to get nicked up, with Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson all dealing with injuries over the last two months. The good news is that Ariza is expected to be back after the all-star break and that'll make this team fully healthy for the first time all season. That has to frighten other teams, as Houston is just one game out of the top spot in the west, despite not having a healthy roster for the whole of the year.
Houston has won six-straight over Sacramento, including 13 of their last 14 in total dating back to 2013.
Posted on February 13, 2018 at 11:52 PM ET
Updated on February 14, 2018 at 12:16 AM ET