National Basketball Association
Preview
Houston at Sacramento
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

The Houston Rockets look to maintain their momentum when they conclude the regular season on Wednesday against the host Sacramento Kings. The Rockets own homecourt advantage throughout the postseason and have been sizzling hot, winning 31 of their last 34 games.

Houston recorded a 105-99 road victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, and coach Mike D'Antoni insists his team will be giving a full effort in the finale despite there being nothing at stake. The coach might be a little more cautious versus the Kings after forward Luc Mbah a Moute dislocated his right shoulder against the Lakers and is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Wednesday. "He's a big part of what we're trying to do and have been doing," All-Star guard James Harden told reporters after Tuesday's game. "He'll bounce back stronger than ever. Hopefully, he can come back in his role." Sacramento is finishing up its 12th consecutive losing campaign and saw Willie Cauley-Stein excel with 25 points and 10 rebounds in Monday's 98-85 loss to San Antonio for his first double-double since Feb. 27.

TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Southwest (Houston), NBCS California (Sacramento)

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (65-16): Houston has long known that it will play the eighth seed in the Western Conference, but the identity of that opponent remains a mystery entering the final day of the season as Denver visits Minnesota to decide who fills the spot. "Last week, everybody was fighting for a spot," Harden said of the playoff derby. "No matter who we play, we'll have that same mindset - watch film, studying and get ready to go." Backup guard Eric Gordon (ankle) returned from a two-game absence against the Lakers but recorded just six points on 2-of-9 shooting.

ABOUT THE KINGS (26-55):
Rookie guard Frank Mason III will miss the contest after it was discovered he has a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot. Mason sat out Monday's game due to soreness and an MRI on Tuesday uncovered the injury, putting an end to a campaign in which he averaged 7.9 points and 2.8 assists over 52 games. Mason isn't the only player who will be sidelined as guard Garrett Temple and forward Skal Labissiere both will sit out with sprained left ankles.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Rockets are 2-0 against the Kings this season and have won the last seven meetings.

2. Houston F Ryan Anderson (ankle) is slated to miss his fourth straight game.

3. Sacramento rookie PG De'Aaron Fox scored 21 points against the Spurs and is averaging 15.4 over his last five contests.

PREDICTION: Rockets 117, Kings 112
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Houston 65-16 W1 34-7 31-9 1-1 64-15 12-4 41-10
Sacramento 26-55 L1 13-27 13-28 0-7 26-48 5-11 13-38
Last Meeting
Houston Sacramento
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/14/18 SAC 91 HOU 100 100 48 39.8 91 48 43.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Houston J. Harden 28 36.8 9
Sacramento B. Bogdanovic 20 53.3 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Houston C. Capela 11 2 9
Sacramento W. Cauley-Stein 8 3 5
Assists Player  
Houston J. Harden 9
Sacramento B. Bogdanovic 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Houston J. Harden 2275 44.6 647
Sacramento B. Hield 1121 44.0 79
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Houston C. Capela 837 250 587
Sacramento W. Cauley-Stein 535 137 398
Assists Player  
Houston J. Harden 661
Sacramento D. Fox 326
Quickchart Matchup
Houston Houston Off vs  Sacramento Sacramento Defense
Houston Off vs Sacramento - Points For 112.7 Points For
Houston Off vs Sacramento - Points Against 106.1 Points Against
Houston - FG% 46.1 FG%
Sacramento - FG% 47.1 FG%
Houston - Reb 43.5 Reb
Sacramento - Reb 43.8 Reb
Sacramento Sacramento Off vs  Houston Houston Defense
Sacramento Off vs Houston - Points For 98.9 Points For
Sacramento Off vs Houston - Points Against 104.0 Points Against
Sacramento - FG% 45.0 FG%
Houston - FG% 46.2 FG%
Sacramento - Reb 40.8 Reb
Houston - Reb 42.0 Reb