Through 2 Quarters
The Washington Wizards are flexing their muscles against the Houston Rockets, showing why they were favored to win all along. The Wizards are in control with a 63-51 lead over Houston.
Power forward Kristaps Porzingis has led the way so far for Washington, as he has 16 points and two assists along with seven rebounds and five blocks. The Rockets have been relying on shooting guard Jalen Green, who has ten points and two assists in addition to three boards, and center Christian Wood, who has nine points along with three rebounds.
This is the first time Washington has been ahead going into the third quarter in the past six games.
Washington @ Houston
Current Records: Washington 30-40; Houston 17-54
What to Know
The Washington Wizards will take on the Houston Rockets at 8 p.m. ET Monday at Toyota Center. The Wizards will be strutting in after a win while Houston will be stumbling in from a defeat.
Washington was able to grind out a solid victory over the Los Angeles Lakers this past Saturday, winning 127-119. Washington can attribute much of their success to shooting guard Tomas Satoransky, who had 16 points and six assists, and power forward Kristaps Porzingis, who had 27 points and five assists. Satoransky hadn’t helped his team much against the New York Knicks this past Friday, so this was a nice turnaround for him. Satoransky’s points were the most he has had all season.
Meanwhile, Houston suffered a grim 122-98 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. Houston was surely aware of their 12.5-point disadvantage in the point spread, but the foreknowledge did nothing to prevent the result. One thing holding the Rockets back was the mediocre play of shooting guard Jalen Green, who did not have his best game: he played for 26 minutes but put up just eight points on 3-for-13 shooting.
Barring any buzzer beaters, the Wizards are expected to win a tight contest. The smart bettors have been the ones to keep their money on Washington’s opponents whenever they hit the road.
Houston’s loss took them down to 17-54 while Washington’s win pulled them up to 30-40. Allowing an average of 118.46 points per game, Houston hasn’t exactly asserted themselves on the defensive end. We’ll see if they can patch up the holes in their defense before their upcoming game.
How To Watch
- When: Monday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Toyota Center — Houston, Texas
- TV: ATTSN Southwest
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $6.00
The Wizards are a 3-point favorite against the Rockets, according to the latest NBA odds.
Bettors have moved against the Wizards slightly, as the game opened with the Wizards as a 5-point favorite.
Houston have won eight out of their last 12 games against Washington.
- Jan 05, 2022 – Houston 114 vs. Washington 111
- Feb 15, 2021 – Washington 131 vs. Houston 119
- Jan 26, 2021 – Houston 107 vs. Washington 88
- Oct 30, 2019 – Houston 159 vs. Washington 158
- Dec 19, 2018 – Houston 136 vs. Washington 118
- Nov 26, 2018 – Washington 135 vs. Houston 131
- Apr 03, 2018 – Houston 120 vs. Washington 104
- Dec 29, 2017 – Washington 121 vs. Houston 103
- Jan 02, 2017 – Houston 101 vs. Washington 91
- Nov 07, 2016 – Houston 114 vs. Washington 106
- Jan 30, 2016 – Washington 123 vs. Houston 122
- Dec 09, 2015 – Houston 109 vs. Washington 103
Injury Report for Houston
- Trevelin Queen: Game-Time Decision (Undisclosed)
- Usman Garuba: Out (Ankle)
- John Wall: Out (Not Injury Related)
Injury Report for Washington
- Vernon Carey Jr.: Game-Time Decision (Hip)
- Kyle Kuzma: Out (Knee)
- Bradley Beal: Out for the Season (Wrist)