2019-20 NBA – Philadelphia 76ers @ Houston Rockets Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Philadelphia 76ers @ Houston Rockets taking place? Saturday 4th January, 2020 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is Philadelphia 76ers @ Houston Rockets taking place? Toyota Center

What channel is Philadelphia 76ers @ Houston Rockets on? ESPN, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBC Sports Philadelphia

Where can I stream Philadelphia 76ers @ Houston Rockets? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, WatchESPN, NBC Sports App

Where can I get tickets for Philadelphia 76ers @ Houston Rockets? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Philadelphia 76ers 91 – 107 Houston Rockets

THE TEAM NEWS

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

  • The 76ers are coming off one of their worst performances of the season in a 115-97 loss against the Indiana Pacers and that defeat extended their losing skid to three games. Philadelphia are 2-3 in their last five games, and they have fallen all the way to sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 23-13 record.
  • Joel Embiid will be a game-time decision for this contest as he is dealing with a knee injury. One confirmed absence will be the one of Matisse Thybulle, as the defensive specialist is yet to recover from a knee problem.
  • Considering Embiid might miss out on this match, the Sixers could rely on Ben Simmons. The third-year star is averaging career-low figures in both points (14.5) and rebounds (7.1) per game, but he’s also posting career-high marks in assists (8.5) and steals (2.2) per contest. He has scored in double figures in each of his last 10 games.

HOUSTON ROCKETS

  • The Rockets are coming off a huge 130-104 win over the Denver Nuggets but have not been able to string back-to-back results in any of their last five contests. Owners of a 3-2 mark over that span, Houston remain one of the top teams in the Western Conference standings and they sit in fourth place thanks to a 23-11 record.
  • The return of Eric Gordon meant the Rockets are almost at full strength ahead of this contest. The lone two absentees will be Nene and Gerald Green, but neither player would have much of a role in the rotation even if they were fit.
  • Russell Westbrook has improved his play of late, and he has made double-digit field goals in each of his last seven contests. During that aforementioned seven-game stretch, the star guard is averaging 30.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists while shooting 43.1 percent from the field.

THE PREDICTION

The Sixers are trending in the wrong direction of late thanks to their three-game losing run and the uncertainty regarding Joel Embiid’s availability could complicate things even further since Philadelphia own a 3-4 record when he does not play. Meanwhile, the Rockets are showing signs of progress and the fact Russell Westbrook is playing better and better each game makes them an even more dangerous team. If we couple that with the fact Houston own an excellent 12-4 mark at home, then the Rockets should win easily against a slumping Sixers team that has gone 7-11 on the road so far.

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