Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers

Houston Rockets Preview

The Houston Rockets will be a team in transition for a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. As part of a complex four-team trade completed Wednesday, the Rockets landed forwards Robert Covington and Jordan Bell from the Minnesota Timberwolves, with center Clint Capela moving to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Rockets have won three consecutive games, all without Capela, as they moved to a smaller lineup. James Harden has scored 40 points in each of the past two games. Russell Westbrook did not play Tuesday in Houston’s 125-110 home victory over the Charlotte Hornets due to a sprained left thumb, and he is listed as questionable for the Lakers game.

Los Angeles Lakers Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to take the energy of a fourth-quarter eruption Tuesday and use it in a home game Thursday against the Houston Rockets. On their way to a somewhat sleepy, 129-102 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, the Lakers scored 21 points in the opening 3:31 of the fourth quarter, with LeBron James hitting five 3-pointers.

James scored 36 points as the Lakers won at home for the first time since the death of Kobe Bryant on Jan. 26. Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma scored 18 points each for the Lakers, who are just 5-4 going back to Jan. 15.