National Basketball Association
Preview
Milwaukee at Houston
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 16, 2017
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

The soaring Houston Rockets strive to stretch their winning streak to 13 games when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Houston delivered a 124-109 trouncing of the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, marking its 10th double-digit win during the impressive stretch of victories.

The Western Conference-leading Rockets led by as many as 28 points while dismantling the Spurs on Friday. "We have so many talented guys on this team that anyone can come in and have an impact on the game," star guard James Harden said in a postgame television interview. "We just take it one night at a time. ... We just want it to be at a high level and play for each other." Harden averaged 32 points and 10 assists in two games against the Bucks last season and Milwaukee could be in trouble after giving up 115 points in each of its last two games - losses to the New Orleans Pelicans (Wednesday) and Chicago Bulls (Friday). The Bucks are thriving on offense by scoring 100 or more in 11 consecutive games, the franchise's best streak since a 12-game run during the 1990-91 campaign.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), AT&T Sports Net Southwest (Houston)

ABOUT THE BUCKS (15-12): The rise of the Milwaukee offense was aided with the acquisition of guard Eric Bledsoe to go with star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and solid swingman Khris Middleton "You've got three guys playing at a high level with Bled, Khris and Giannis," coach Jason Kidd told reporters. "Sharing the ball is the key, and being able to make your free throws. Just making a play for a teammate and finding the open guy. Guys are moving the ball. Right now, the ball is going in for us." Antetokounmpo and Middleton each scored 29 points in Friday's 115-109 loss to the Bulls while Bledsoe was limited to 12 points.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (23-4): Point guard Chris Paul enjoyed a stellar effort against San Antonio with 28 points, eight assists and a season-best seven steals - he has posted that line six times over the last 10 years while the rest of the NBA has done so four times combined - and Houston improved to 13-0 with the nine-time All-Star in the lineup. Paul is averaging 26.3 points, eight assists and 3.5 steals over the past four games and has made a season-high five 3-pointers in each of the past two contests. Harden put up 28 points despite 6-of-18 shooting and has scored 20 or more in every game this season.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Antetokounmpo averaged 31.5 points, nine rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 blocks as the teams split last season's two meetings.

2. Houston C Clint Capela made 30-of-35 shots over the last four contests and is averaging 16.5 points and 9.8 rebounds during the stretch.

3. Milwaukee swingman Tony Snell (knee) is expected to miss his fifth consecutive game.

PREDICTION: Rockets 122, Bucks 105
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Milwaukee 15-12 L2 9-5 6-7 1-0 14-12 2-4 5-8
Houston 23-4 W12 11-3 12-1 0-0 23-4 5-2 13-2
Last Meeting
Milwaukee Houston
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/23/17 HOU 114 MIL 127 127 37 58.8 114 28 50.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 31 64.7 7
Houston J. Harden 26 60.0 12
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee G. Monroe 10 2 8
Houston J. Harden 8 0 8
Assists Player  
Milwaukee M. Brogdon 9
Houston J. Harden 12
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 801 55.1 201
Houston J. Harden 850 45.5 217
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 278 60 218
Houston C. Capela 297 85 212
Assists Player  
Milwaukee K. Middleton 129
Houston J. Harden 251
Quickchart Matchup
Milwaukee Milwaukee Off vs  Houston Houston Defense
Milwaukee Off vs Houston - Points For 104.2 Points For
Milwaukee Off vs Houston - Points Against 103.9 Points Against
Milwaukee - FG% 48.0 FG%
Houston - FG% 46.1 FG%
Milwaukee - Reb 38.4 Reb
Houston - Reb 40.8 Reb
Houston Houston Off vs  Milwaukee Milwaukee Defense
Houston Off vs Milwaukee - Points For 115.1 Points For
Houston Off vs Milwaukee - Points Against 104.6 Points Against
Houston - FG% 47.0 FG%
Milwaukee - FG% 46.5 FG%
Houston - Reb 44.1 Reb
Milwaukee - Reb 42.7 Reb