Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets
Records: Raptors (46-18); Rockets (38-25)
Where to Watch
Date: March 5
Time: 8 p.m.
Radio: Sportsnet 590
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
The Houston Rockets will put their league-best five-game win streak on the line Tuesday night when they visit Scotiabank Arena to take on the Toronto Raptors.
It is the second and final meeting between the two teams this regular season; in the first, reigning league MVP James Harden led the way for the Rockets as they held off a furious late rally from the Raptors to earn a two-point win in late January.
Such performances have become the norm for Harden, who is averaging a league-leading 36.7 points per game. The seven-time All-Star has scored 30 or more points in 45 of the 59 games he has appeared in this season, including six games of 50-plus points.
After dealing with injuries throughout the season, Houston is inching closer to getting back to full strength. Chris Paul, who has missed 23 games this season, is averaging 17.8 points, 10.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds during the Rockets' win streak.
Big man Clint Capela was sidelined for 15 games before returning to action on Feb. 21; over the past five games, he has averaged 11.4 points on 65.8 percent shooting and 12.0 rebounds.
The X-Factor during this span has been forward PJ Tucker. During the streak, Tucker is averaging 11.2 points per game and is hitting over three 3-pointers per game at a 59.3 percent clip. On the other end of the floor, Tucker is making a strong case for a selection to an All-Defensive Team and will likely see time guarding Kawhi Leonard Tuesday night.
The Rockets have plenty to play for as their recent surge has placed them within striking distance of attaining the West's No. 3 seed. Expect a playoff-like atmosphere as both teams look to make a statement with a win.
Houston is 19-9 when Clint Capela, James Harden and Chris Paul play together this season.
While Paul and Capela sat out of the first meeting between the two teams, Harden finished with a game-high 35 points to go along with seven assists.
In the Rockets most recent win over the Celtics, Eric Gordon tied a career-high by knocking down eight 3-pointers to finish with 32 points.
The Rockets are 7-3 in their last 10 games on the road. After winning a franchise high 31 road games in 2017-18, Houston is 16-16 on the road this season.
Toronto has the second-best home record in the NBA as it is 27-6 in games played at Scotiabank Arena this season.
In Sunday's loss to the Pistons, Kyle Lowry finished with a season-high 35 points on 11-for-24 shooting from the field.
The Raptors lead the NBA with an 18-6 record against opponents from the Western Conference this season.
Fred VanVleet remains out for the Raptors. Kenneth Faried and Iman Shumpert, meanwhile, are both listed as questionable for the Rockets.
Last Time They Played
Date: Jan. 25, 2019
Score: Rockets 121, Raptors 119
Raptors: Kawhi Leonard - 32 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals
Rockets: James Harden - 35 points, seven assists, one block