Harden, Rockets set for matchup against the Kings
Houston Rockets (49-28, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (38-39, ninth in the Western Conference)
Sacramento; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: James Harden leads Houston into a matchup against Sacramento. He’s first in the NBA averaging 36.4 points per game.
The Kings are 23-15 on their home court. Sacramento is fourth in the NBA shooting 37.9 percent from downtown, led by Buddy Hield shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range.
The Rockets have gone 20-18 away from home. Houston is 46-19 when scoring more than 100 points. The two teams meet for the fourth time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: De’Aaron Fox is scoring 17.5 points per game and averaging 3.8 rebounds for the Kings. Hield is averaging 3.4 made 3-pointers and 20.1 points over the last 10 games for Sacramento.
Harden is averaging 36.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists for the Rockets. Eric Gordon has averaged 3.2 made 3-pointers and scored 12.5 points over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 7-3, averaging 112.4 points, 42.1 rebounds, 20.6 assists, 8.8 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting.
Kings: 5-5, averaging 116.2 points, 46.5 rebounds, 25.5 assists, 7.8 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting.
Kings Injuries: Harry Giles: out (left thigh contusion), Yogi Ferrell: day to day (ankle).
Rockets Injuries: Gerald Green: day to day (groin).