The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers will meet tonight for the first time since April 25.
It will be the second time in five days that the two teams have met.
The Rockets, who are in a six-game homestand, have lost six of their last seven games.
The Lakers, who play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, have won four of their past five games and are in third place in the West.
Here’s what to watch:James Harden, who had 26 points in the Rockets’ win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, scored a season-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting against the Mavericks.
He also had five rebounds and three assists.
Harden also had four assists on 1-of–5 shooting from the field.
The Lakers are hoping that their new starting five can help them get back on track after losing their second game in three nights to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
They played five of their next six games at home.
They won eight of their first 10 games.
Houston Rockets guard Dwight Howard (30) dunks over Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams (11) in the first quarter at Toyota Center.
Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsDaryl Morey said after Sunday’s loss to the Knicks that the Rockets will need to do a better job of getting into transition with their new-look lineup.
They’re going to need to keep the ball moving, Morey added.
The Rockets also have struggled at times defensively and are allowing an average of 91.3 points per game, third-worst in the NBA.
That could be problematic when the Lakers are trying to win.
The Clippers are in last place in a crowded Western Conference, but they’re looking to bounce back from a two-game losing streak.
They had their best game of the season when they beat the Thunder on Friday night, 104-98.
They shot 55.3 percent from the floor, including a 56.5 percent clip from 3-point range.
The Thunder are coming off a loss to Memphis on Saturday that snapped a four-game winning streak.
Kevin Durant had 25 points and nine rebounds, but the Grizzlies scored only 41 points on 33 shots.
The Grizzlies are averaging 92.3 turnovers per game and are 17th in the league in opponent field goal percentage.
Lakers guard Steve Nash (25) looks to score against the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half at Toyota Arena.
Mandatory Courtesy: Gary A. Vasquez-USA Today SportsDamian Lillard, the NBA’s leading scorer at 20.1 points per contest, missed his second straight game because of a sore right ankle.
The Blazers have won five of six.
The Warriors, who haven’t won since April 17, beat the Losers 104-95 on Saturday.
They were limited to 31 points and 25.4 percent shooting.
Golden State is averaging 89.7 points on 44.3% shooting, second-best in the East.
The Heat have won eight straight games at Miami Gardens and are 15-3 there in the last 18 seasons.
Dwyane Wade was averaging 23.2 points on 50.6 percent shooting and 7.4 assists per game.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (11), center Hassan Whiteside (1) and forward Chris Bosh (13) celebrate after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at Philips Arena.
Miami Heat guard Dwyanes Wade (8) makes a 3-pointer as he tries to pass the ball away in the fourth quarter.
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