The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last six games, including three straight. The schedule doesn't get any easier for them as their next three games are against the Rockets, Thunder and Warriors - beginning with a trip to Houston.
A recent four-point home loss to the Nuggets sparked the Wizards to hold a players-only meeting.
Randy Wittman's seat appears to be hot and the Wizards seem to be in disarray. A win against one of the best team's in the Western Conference could go a long way for the confidence and continuity of this team.
The Rockets had won nine of their last 13 games before losing to Oklahoma City on Friday night. All-Star shooting guard James Harden has been on a tear lately, averaging a stat line of 27.4 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a block and a steal per-game.
When and Where: 8 p.m. EST at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Watch: CSN Mid-Atlantic for the DMV folks, ROOT for the good people in Texas
Listen: WNEW 99.1 FM
Alan Anderson (ankle) and Kris Humphries (knee) are out for the Wizards. Sam Dekker and Donatas Motiejunas are out with back injuries for the Rockets.
Most Likely Wizards Killer: Clint Capela
Capela has been a starter in 35 games for the Rockets this year, but with Dwight Howard back for the Rockets, he is back to his role as a reserve big man. Still, even with limited playing time he can erupt for a double-double. Against the Thunder, he had 12 points and three rebounds and against the Pelicans a few nights ago he had 10 points and five rebounds. The Swiss native is just 21 years old and is very fun to watch and will eventually be a full-time starter in this league.
The other candidate here is Patrick Beverly, as the Wizards seem to have difficulty defending against smaller and scrappy guards.