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

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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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