The Rockets will host the Lakers on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, TNT) for the first time since their brawl back in October.
Houston (11-14) has hit a rough patch, dropping seven of their last nine games and falling to the bottom of the West ahead of only the lowly Suns (4-22). Reigning MVP James Harden is league leader in points per game (30.0) and fourth in assists (8.3), but the Rockets' defense has been abysmal through the first quarter of the season. They rank 25th in defensive rating (112.2) after finishing seventh last season (105.6).
The Lakers (16-10) are cruising along after winning five of their last six games. They are currently fifth in the West, but only 1.5 games out of first place. It's no surprise that LeBron James leads this Lakers team in points, rebounds, assists and steals per game.
Los Angeles will be without Brandon Ingram (sprained ankle), who served a four-game suspension for his role in the infamous fight. Rajon Rondo, who was suspended three games after the league reviewed the incident, will likely miss the rematch with Chris Paul after having his injured hand drained earlier in the week.
The Rockets are desperate for a win, and the Lakers would love to steal a game in Houston without their full squad available. This matchup should be a good one. Here's how to tune in:
When do the Rockets and Lakers play?
The Rockets will host the Lakers on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET.
How can I watch Rockets vs. Lakers?
The game between the Rockets and the Lakers will air nationally on TNT. You can also stream the game on fuboTV.
Where will the Rockets and Lakers play?
The Lakers will be on the road for this matchup. The game will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.