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Kings vs. Houston Rockets at a glance

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is second in the league in scoring with a 29.1 points-per-game average. He’s averaging nearly seven assists per game and six rebounds. ... Harden reacts during the an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Washington.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden is second in the league in scoring with a 29.1 points-per-game average. He’s averaging nearly seven assists per game and six rebounds. ... Harden reacts during the an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Washington. The Associated Press

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Sleep Train Arena
  • When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 9-15, Rockets 12-13

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Own the middle: The Rockets’ Dwight Howard was a force when the teams played Dec. 5. DeMarcus Cousins must play better this time after struggling in Houston.
  • 2. More from McLemore: The third-year guard had 19 points for the Kings against the Rockets. With James Harden likely putting up big numbers, McLemore must do that again to help offset Harden.
  • 3. Curry on the court: With Rajon Rondo suspended, Seth Curry becomes the backup point guard. His outside shooting could boost the Kings’ chances.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

18

Omri Casspi

SF

8

Rudy Gay

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Rockets

No.

Player

Pos.

2

Patrick Beverley

PG

13

James Harden

SG

1

Trevor Ariza

SF

15

Clint Capela

PF

12

Dwight Howard

C

Jason Jones

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