Houston faces Orlando and tries to stop the road slide


Houston Rockets (14-42, 15th in the Western Conference) versus Orlando Magic (18-38, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Houston travels to Orlando to end its five-game road slide.

The magic are 10-19 in home games. Orlando is 9-22 against opponents over .500.

The missiles are on their way 7-21. Houston averages 42.4 rebounds per game and is 5-32 when opponents win the rebound fight.

The teams meet for the second time this season. The Rockets won 132-90 in their last matchup on January 8th. Christian Wood led Houston with 22 points and Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 22 points.

TOP PERFORMER: Wendell Carter Jr. shoots 55.8% and an average of 14.5 points. Terrence Ross averages 14.2 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 40.1% in his last 10 games for Orlando.

Wood leads the rockets with 9.4 rebounds and an average of 21 points. Kelly Olynyk has averaged 2.1 3-point points and scored 17.6 points in the last 10 games for Houston.

LAST 10 MATCHES: Magic: 3-7, averaging 104.1 points, 42.4 rebounds, 20.9 assists, 8.7 steals, and 5.2 blocks per game while 43.4% is shot off the field. Your opponents averaged 116.7 points at 48.7% shooting.

Missiles: 1-9, averaging 111.8 points, 42.5 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 6.6 steals, and 4.1 blocks per game, while 47.1% are shot off the field. Your opponents averaged 122.3 points at 49.5% shooting.

INJURIES: Magic: Otto Porter Jr .: Out (foot), Markelle Fultz: out for the season (knees), Michael Carter-Williams: out (ankles), Jonathan Isaac: out for the season (knees), Mohamed Bamba: out (Hip)).

Rockets: DJ Augustin: out (ankle), Dante Exum: out (calf), David Nwaba: out (wrist), Sterling Brown: out (knee), Eric Gordon: out (groin), Danuel House: out (ankle).


Janet Smith