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Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets Preview and Predictions 12-09-2019


The Houston Rockets will try to push their winning streak to three games and their home run to four in a row when they host the Sacramento Kings on Monday. After an impressive 10-point win at Toronto on Thursday, the Rockets returned home to knock off the Phoenix Suns 115-109 on Saturday night.

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James Harden scored 18 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and Ben McLemore chipped in 27 as Houston improved to 9-2 at home - 6-1 against the Western Conference. "We have a really good team and guys that can make plays and knock down shots," Harden told reporters. "More importantly we were focused on our defense." The Kings began the Texas Triangle portion of their four-game road trip with a loss at San Antonio before topping Dallas 110-106 on Sunday to snap a three-game slide. Nemanja Bjelica tied his career high with 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting as Sacramento put an end to Dallas' five-game winning streak.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCS California (Sacramento), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)

ABOUT THE KINGS (9-13): Buddy Hield scored 26 points Sunday while shooting 10-for-15 to snap out of a shooting funk that saw him make 37.1 percent from the field over a five-game span. Bjelica's big effort came two nights after he was held to five points on 2-of-11 shooting in the loss to the Spurs. Bogdan Bogdanovic played through a knee issue that forced him to miss the opener of the road trip at Portland to score 10 points off the bench.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (15-7): Houston has as much star power as any team in the league in Harden and Russell Westbrook, but McLemore is trying to steal some headlines of late. He scored a season-high 28 points in the win at Toronto and has at least 24 in three of his last four games. Westbrook has notched three consecutive triple-doubles to give him six on the season - one behind Luka Doncic of Dallas.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Rockets C Clint Capela has a double-double in 11 of his last 12 games.

2. Kings PF Richaun Holmes fell a rebound shy of his third straight double-double in the win over the Mavericks.

3. Sacramento has lost 10 straight in Houston since its last win there Dec. 31, 2013.

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Houston, Texas, USA.
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Last Injuries

Houston Rockets

  • James Harden

    Thigh
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Harden sustained a left thigh contusion in the previous game, and it is undetermined if he will suit up against the Nuggets on Sunday.

  • Austin Rivers

    Thumb
    Prob Wed | probable

    Rivers has sat out the previous two games with a sprained right thumb, but it is not expected to interfere with his status for Wednesday's clash with the Nuggets.

  • P.J. Tucker

    Shoulder
    Prob Mon | probable

    Tucker left the last game with a right shoulder injury, but he is expected to face the Thunder on Monday.

  • P.J. Tucker

    Shoulder
    Prob Wed | probable

    Tucker is suffering from a right shoulder stinger, but he is likely to be available for Wednesday's battle versus the Trail Blazers.

  • Clint Capela

    Heel
    Prob Tues | probable

    Capela missed the previous game due to a heel injury, but it is likely that he will play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

  • P.J. Tucker

    Shoulder
    Prob Tues | probable

    Tucker departed the last game due to a right shoulder stinger, but it is expected that he will play against the Grizzles on Tuesday.

  • Russell Westbrook

    Rest
    Out Tues | out

    Westbrook will not play Tuesday versus the the Grizzlies as he is to be rested.

Sacramento Kings

  • Marvin Bagley III

    Foot
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Bagley III has sat out the last two games due to soreness in his left foot, and it is uncertain if he will be available for Monday's matchup versus the Timberwolves.

  • Nemanja Bjelica

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Bjelica is expected to suit up against the Pistons on Wednesday despite a sprained right ankle.

  • Trevor Ariza

    Acquired
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Ariza was recently acquired through a trade and is projected to suit up for his new team against the Mavericks on Thursday.

  • Richaun Holmes

    Shoulder
    Early Feb | out

    Holmes is expected to miss at least two to three weeks due to right shoulder soreness.

  • Marvin Bagley III

    Foot
    Prob Mon | probable

    Bagley III left the last game to have his left foot evaluated and did not return. It is not expected to impede his status for Monday against the Heat.

  • Nemanja Bjelica

    Ankle
    Prob Mon | probable

    Bjelica is expected to play Monday versus the Heat despite a right ankle sprain.

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Bogdanovic is sidelined due to right ankle soreness. It is expected that he will return to the lineup Saturday against the Jazz.

  • Nemanja Bjelica

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Bjelica is managing an ankle injury, but will likely be available versus the Jazz on Saturday.