Houston faces Sacramento, aims for 5th straight home win
By The Associated Press
Sacramento Kings (37-38, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (48-28, fourth in the Western Conference)
Houston; Saturday, 6 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Houston hosts Sacramento looking to extend its four-game home winning streak.
The Rockets have gone 28-19 against Western Conference teams. Houston averages 13.6 turnovers per game and is 31-16 when they turn the ball over less than their opponents.
The Kings are 20-26 in conference play. Sacramento is sixth in the NBA scoring 51.8 points in the paint per game, led by Willie Cauley-Stein averaging 9.8. The Rockets won the last meeting between these two teams 127-101 on Feb. 6. James Harden led Houston to the win with a 36-point game.
TOP PERFORMERS: Harden is scoring 36.2 points per game and averaging 6.5 rebounds for the Rockets. Eric Gordon is averaging 3.2 made 3-pointers and 13 points over the last 10 games for Houston.
De'Aaron Fox leads the Kings averaging 17.6 points and is adding 3.8 rebounds. Bogdan Bogdanovic has averaged 2.9 assists and scored 10.7 points over the last 10 games for Sacramento.
LAST 10 GAMES: Kings: 4-6, averaging 117.6 points, 46.8 rebounds, 26.6 assists, 8.3 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.1 points on 46.9 percent shooting.
Rockets: 7-3, averaging 112.3 points, 43.8 rebounds, 21.2 assists, 8.9 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting.
Rockets Injuries: Kenneth Faried: out (knee), Gerald Green: day to day (groin).
Kings Injuries: Harry Giles: day to day (left thigh contusion), Nemanja Bjelica: out (illness).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
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