Tonight in the NBA: Rockets host Nets

Tonight in the NBA: Rockets host Nets
January 26, 2013, 12:00 pm
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The Philadelphia 76ers host the Knicks tonight as they open a season-high, eight-game homestand (see game notes).

The 76ers will be without Jason Richardson as he will miss his 10th game of the season (see story).

Here is a look at the other notable matchups tonight in the NBA:

Nets at Rockets, 8 p.m.
The Houston Rockets host the Brooklyn Nets as they look for their 12th straight win over the Nets.

The Rockets have rebounded from a season-long, seven-game losing streak by winning two of their past three games.

The Nets are coming off a 101-77 blowout loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in which they shot 40.8 percent from the field.

Deron Williams is expected to play despite leaving Friday's game with a quad contusion.

The matchup will be one to watch at the point guard position.  In two games last season against the Nets, Jeremy Lin totaled 46 points and 16 assists, while Williams averaged 29.5 points and 8.5 assists when he faced Lin.

Pacers at Jazz, 9:30 p.m.
The Utah Jazz host the Indiana Pacers as the look to continue their five-game home winning streak, while the Pacers hope to avoid their sixth straight road loss to Utah.

The Pacers will face a tough task as the Jazz hold a 14-2 home record.  The Jazz have also won 13 of 14 against Eastern Conference opponents on their home court since the beginning of last season.

The Jazz will face the second-best defense in the league, as the Pacers are allowing only 89.3 points per game.

The two teams last met on Dec. 19, with the Pacers dominating the Jazz in a 104-84 blowout victory.  George Hill and Paul George led the way for the Pacers with 20 points apiece.  The Pacers held Al Jefferson in check as he scored a season-low four points on 1-of-8 shooting.

Clippers at Trailblazers, 10 p.m.
The Portland Trailblazers host the Los Angeles Clippers as the two teams begin a home-and-home series.

Los Angeles looks to avoid its fourth straight loss and the Clippers have not reached 100 points in a game for a season-high five straight games.

The Clippers will likely be without Chris Paul, who has missed two straight games with a bruised kneecap.

The Trailblazers snapped a a season-long, six-game losing streak with a win on Wednesday against the Pacers in which they shot 56.4 percent from the floor.

This will be the Clippers second trip to Portland this season.  The Clippers won the first matchup on Nov. 8 with a 103-90 victory behind 25 points from Jamal Crawford.

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