Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets Prediction & Match Preview – October 5th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
The Washington Wizards will face the Houston Rockets in their first preseason game of the 2021-22 NBA season on Tuesday.
Having shared their two meetings in the 2020-21 regular season, both teams will hope to assert their dominance over the other. This game should help the winner start the preseason on a positive note.
Fixture – Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets | NBA Preseason 2021-22.
Date & Time – Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, 8:00 PM ET (Wednesday, October 6th, 2021, 5:30 AM IST).
Venue – Toyota Center, Houston, TX.
Washington Wizards preview
The Washington Wizards have lost their key feeder, Russell Westbrook, to the LA Lakers. The absence of Triple-doubles as the main playmaker could create depth problems for Washington. But adding Spencer Dinwiddie to the team after his ACL recovery could work in the team’s favor.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell could be key defenders on the team that was overwhelmed by the Philadelphia 76ers’ offense in the 2020-21 playoffs. Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma, an underappreciated perimeter shooter, could bring depth of fire to the team.
Houston Rockets preview
James Harden’s hasty and dramatic departure after playing just eight games in the 2020-21 regular season left the Houston Rockets completely bruised. A regular playoff contender since 2012-13, the team suffered the worst win-loss ratio in the league without Harden.
Houston was able to select the highly anticipated young Jalen Green as the second overall pick in the draft. It will be interesting to see how the Rockets, led by John Wall, utilize the talented Green this season. After losing a whopping 55 games in the previous regular season, the Rockets will be eager to start the preseason with a victory under their belt.
Wizards vs Rockets match prediction
Even without Russ, the Washington Wizards have a solid team with defensive and offensive versatility. They have a 3-point shooter on Kuzma and an exceptional slasher on Beal.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets are coming off a devastating season and could have a hard time getting into the rhythm. The Rockets could have a fighting chance if they find a way to defend Beal.
Where to see Wizards vs Rockets?
The preseason game between the Washington Wizards and the Houston Rockets will be available to watch locally on AT&T Sportsnet – South. Fans can also watch the game online through the NBA League Pass.