The Raptors look to put together their first “winning streak” of the season. Toronto is yet to win consecutive games in 2012-13 and they hope to do so at the expense of James Harden and the Rockets. Coming off a 95-74 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, the Raps will try to build on that solid defensive effort.
Start Time: 1:00 pm ET
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Andrea Bargnani and Landry Fields are out
Houston: Patrick Patterson is out
Probable Starting Lineups:
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Mickael Pietrus, Ed Davis & Jonas Valanciunas
Houston: Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Chandler Parsons,
Patrick Patterson (Marcus Morris), Omer Asik
-These teams met on November 27th and the Rockets prevailed 117-101.
-The Rockets play in a time zone that is only one hour behind eastern standard time, but Western Conference teams have a history of sluggish performances on Sunday mornings…
-Terrence Ross did a fantastic job defending James Harden in the first matchup. If DeRozan gets into early foul trouble, Ross should get the next crack at guarding Harden.
-On the offensive end, Ed Davis appears to have the easiest matchup on paper (though Harden is nothing special defensively). If Toronto are going to pull out a win this afternoon, look for Davis to have a big game.
-Jonas Valanciunas has shown dramatic improvement when facing players he has already seen. Omer Asik punked JV for 18 boards in their first meeting, so look for a better performance from the young Lithuanian today.