Nov 2, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) is introduced prior to a game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Preview #4: Two Things to Watch in HOU-LAC

This will be a quick recap. Not much needs to be said about this colossal matchup. 

It’s not the return to Los Angeles that the world is waiting on, but considering the level of talent that’s about to take court between these two teams the theatrics, or lack of, won’t matter.

Two Things to Watch

1. LAC Bigs vs. HOU Bigs

DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin versus Omer Asik and Dwight Howard. This will be the toughest test Griffin-Jordan have to face throughout the season. None of the mentioned bigs can space the floor meaning the paint will be packed throughout the night. Scoring tends to be in the Clippers favor due to Blake’s versatility on offense, but what will matter most here is who wins the battle of the rebounds. Combined, Howard and Asik are averaging 28 rebounds per game. If Jordan and Griffin can limit that, they’ll have a huge change pulling off this victory.

2. Doc Rivers Rotations

Tonight is a pick your poison type of night. So far into the season, Harden-Parsons-Beverly-Cisco-Dwight has been Houston’s best lineup while Beverly-Harden-Parsons-Asik-Dwight has performed extremely well. Rivers will have to decide which look he wants to deal with most. Keeping either Asik or Dwight on the bench opens the floor up for the Clippers and Chris Paul, but it ups the tempo to a higher pace, something the first mentioned Rockets lineup can adjust too. Or Rivers can attempt to attack Asik and Howard, with the pick-and-roll being the weapon of choice.

Prediction:

Rockets pull off a high scoring affair against the Clippers – 120, 111

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