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Houston Rockets

  • NBA Championships: 2
  • Last NBA Championship: 1995
  • Claim to Fame: Houston interrupted the Bull’s dynasty by winning back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.
  • Claim to Shame: The Rockets won just 14 games and finished 39 games behind the division-leading Spurs during the 1982-83 season.

This franchise got its start in San Diego in 1967, but was moved shortly after to Houston in 1971. The team did not move to prominence until a trade landed them Moses Malone in 1976.

He would lead the Rockets to their first title appearance in 1981, where they were soundly defeated by the Celtics.

A new iteration of the Rockets emerged in the 80’s, using the first overall pick in the 1984 draft to take Hakeem Olajuwon. He paired with Ralph Samson in one of the original versions of the Twin Towers.

In 1986 Houston made the NBA Finals, only to fall short to the Boston Celtics yet again.

Eight years later, with Olajuwon still leading the Rockets, they would finally break through and win a Championship, defeating the upstart Orlando Magic in 1994.

With the team aging and needing some new life, Houston acquired Olajuwon’s former University of Houston teammate Clyde Drexler, and they repeated, beating the Knicks in 1995. They haven’t been back on that stage since.

They nearly made it back to the Finals before the collapses to the Warriors in the playoffs over the past two seasons, and once again Daryl Morey went big game hunting, by trading an aging and disgruntled Chris Paul to Oklahoma City for Russell Westbrook.

Acquiring Westbrook to join his buddy James Harden is certainly a risk with both being two of the most ball dominant players in the league, but surrounded by another competent supporting cast this team will have another chance to make a run in the wide open West.

ATS Record

Overall Home Away
11-11-0 6-5-0 5-6-0

Over/Under Record

Overall Home Away
9-13-0 6-5-0 3-8-0

Team defense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 23 114.9
FG % 15 0.5
3P % 15 0.4
DREB 7 36.7
BPG 21 4.8
SPG 4 8.8

Team offense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 2 120.6
APG 26 22
FG % 22 0.5
3P % 25 0.3
OREB 3 11.6
TO 20 15.7

Team standings

Name Record Div Record Streak
DAL 16-6-0 6-0-0 5W
HOU 15-7-0 3-2-0 2W
MEM 6-16-0 1-2-0 3L
NO 6-17-0 0-5-0 8L
SA 9-14-0 1-2-0 2W

Team leaders

Name Score Achievement
James Harden 38 Points
Clint Capela 15 Rebounds
Russell Westbrook 7 Assists
James Harden 2 Steals
Clint Capela 2 Blocks

Injury reports

Player Injury Status Notes
Clint Capela Illness probable Capela has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games with illness, but he is expected to be available Tuesday versus the Spurs. Lasted Updated: 12/02/2019
Eric Gordon Knee out Gordon is expected to miss six weeks after having arthroscopic right knee surgery. Lasted Updated: 11/12/2019
Gerald Green Foot out Green is expected to miss six months after having surgery to repair a left cuneiform fracture. Lasted Updated: 11/12/2019
Danuel House Jr. Illness questionable House Jr. sat out the last game due to an illness, and it is unclear if the symptoms will subside in time for Tuesday's game against the Spurs. Lasted Updated: 12/02/2019
Nene Groin out Nene is sidelined with a left adductor strain, and there is currently no timetable for return. Lasted Updated: 11/01/2019
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