Rockets vs. Hornets
When/the place: 5 p.m. Saturday/Spectrum Center
TV/radio: AT&T SportsNet; 790-AM, 740-AM; Spanish: 850 AM/101.7 FM
So far: Rockets 39-22, Hornets 21-41
Lately: The Rockets have misplaced consecutive video games since their six-game shedding streak. The Hornets have misplaced the primary three video games of a four-game homestand after going 3-2 after the break.
Scouting the Rockets
The Rockets have received their previous seven video games towards the Hornets … Even with a 40-point fourth quarter, the Rockets had simply 105 factors on Thursday towards the Clippers after averaging 125.Three of their earlier six video games. They are 24-Three when scoring 120 or extra factors, 15-19 when scoring fewer than 120 factors … The Rockets have made fewer than 42 % of their pictures in in every of their previous three video games after making at least 48 % (52 % total) of their earlier 4 video games, their longest stretch making at least 48 % of their pictures because the ultimate 4 video games of the 2015-16 season … Guard James Harden, who had 40 factors and 12 assists within the earlier assembly with the Hornets, has made 7 of 38 3-pointers in his previous three video games … Ben McLemore, who’s more likely to begin with Eric Gordon and Russell Westbrook out, was scoreless on Thursday, lacking his six pictures. But he averaged 14.2 factors on 47.7 % capturing in 18 video games as a starter this season … Center P.J. Tucker has scored three factors on 1 of 6 3-point capturing within the Rockets’ previous two video games after making 42.6 % of his 3s in his earlier 12 video games. He has made 9 of 17 3-pointers towards the Hornets prior to now two seasons … The Rockets are 6-Four in video games performed with out Westbrook, who’s sitting out the primary sport of the back-to-back.
Scouting the Hornets
The Hornets’ two-point loss to the Nuggets on Thursday dropped them to 9-21 at residence … Every participant within the Hornets’ beginning lineup averages in double figures, however just one, heart Cody Zeller, is making higher than 44 % of his pictures. The Hornets are 29th in offensive ranking and final in area purpose proportion, making 43.2 %, and in tempo … The Hornets rank 26th defensively, however since Feb. 10, Charlotte has the seventh-rated protection within the NBA, going 5-5 in that stretch … Devonte Graham, averaging 17.eight factors per sport in his second season, a rise of 13.1 factors per sport, returned on Thursday after lacking a sport with a sore left ankle, making eight of 15 pictures with three 3-pointers … P.J. Washington’s 37.7 % 3-point capturing is second amongst NBA rookies … Terry Rozier went 5 of 9 on 3s on Thursday and has a profession excessive 158 on 39.Four % capturing this season.
Eric Gordon (sore proper knee) is out.
By the numbers
5 – Games prior to now two seasons by which the Rockets have did not make at least 10 3-pointers after hitting seven on Thursday, their fewest of the season.
Looking forward: Rockets vs. Magic, Sunday; Hornets at Hawks, Monday.