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Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies Preview and Predictions 01-14-2020


The Memphis Grizzlies attempt to stretch their season-best winning streak to six games when they host the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Memphis looked destined to experience a long season when it started 6-16 but it has turned things around with a 12-6 streak.

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Power forward Jaren Jackson topped 20 points in four straight contests and made at least one 3-pointer in 28 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in franchise history behind Tyreke Evans (31 in 2017-18). "You take it for what's worth," Jackson Jr. told reporters of the team's success. "You understand that it's because of the work that you're putting in and you just take every game, enjoy the moment and you move on." Houston won four of its last five games after rolling to a 139-109 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 10 assists against Minnesota and has scored 20 or more points in each of his past 14 appearances.

TIME: 8 p.m. ET. TV: NBA TV, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, FS Southeast

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (26-12): Houston star guard James Harden, who scored 44 points against the Grizzlies earlier this season, recorded 32 against Minnesota to reach a milestone and raise his career point total to 20,022 points. "It's a great accomplishment, obviously," Harden told reporters of exceeding 20,000. "I have a bigger picture and bigger goals but it's pretty cool." Harden leads the NBA with a 37.7 scoring average and topped 40 points in four of the past nine games and 15 times overall this season.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (18-22): Center Jonas Valanciunas recorded 31 points and a season-high 19 rebounds in Sunday's 122-102 rout of the visiting Golden State Warriors for his 20th double-double of the campaign and he approves of the way the team is playing. "We're all playing, sharing the ball, trying to find the open man," Valanciunas told reporters. "That gives us the advantage over another team. It's fun to play that way. Just look for the open man and try to create a play for another guy." Rookie point guard Ja Morant had 11 points and 10 assists against the Warriors for his sixth double-double of the season.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Rockets won six of the past seven meetings, including a 107-100 road victory on Nov. 4.

2. Houston C Clint Capela (heel) is questionable after sitting out Saturday, while PF PJ Tucker (shoulder) is expected to play after leaving Saturday's game early.

3. Memphis SG Dillon Brooks had just seven points against Golden State after averaging 21 over the previous six games.

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Last Injuries

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Grayson Allen

    Hip
    Out Sun | out

    Allen left the last game with a sore left hip, and he will not be in the lineup versus the Suns on Sunday.

  • Jae Crowder

    Knee
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Crowder is dealing with right knee soreness, and it is unlikely that he will suit up Sunday against the Suns.

  • Bruno Caboclo

    Knee
    Late Feb | out

    Caboclo is sidelined due to a hyperextended left knee, and he is expected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Jae Crowder

    Hip
    Prob Fri | probable

    Crowder missed the last game with soreness in his right hip, but it is not expected to impede his status for Friday's clash against the Cavaliers.

  • Kyle Anderson

    Foot
    Prob Tues | probable

    Anderson is suffering right foot soreness, but he will be available for Tuesday's contest against the Rockets.

  • Brandon Clarke

    Thumb
    Prob Tues | probable

    Clarke is experiencing right thumb soreness, but he will play against the Rockets on Tuesday.

Houston Rockets

  • James Harden

    Thigh
    Out Sun | out

    Harden sustained a left thigh contusion in the previous game, and he will not be able to 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.