Thursday’s lineups, injury reports, broadcast info

The Houston Rockets will play their first game after the 2022 NBA trade deadline on Thursday against Toronto, and if you’re wondering how you can watch all the action live, you’ve come to the right place.

On paper, this is a matchup of two teams headed in opposite directions, with the Raptors coming in on the back of seven straight wins and the last-place Rockets having lost seven of their last eight, overall. But Houston will be rested and playing at home, while Toronto is on the second night of a straight road, which could help ease that gap somewhat.

There could also be more chance than normal if either team makes a significant trade by Thursday’s deadline, as there will likely be no opportunity for newly acquired players to play – account given the process required to take physical exams to finalize a trade.

For the Rockets, the biggest names to watch appear to be veterans Eric Gordon and Christian Wood, who remained on the roster Wednesday night. However, the two continue to be rumored.

Among the players who look certain to be on the roster and playing, expect rookie goaltender Jalen Green to come out shooting with fellow rookie Scottie Barnes (drafted by the Raptors at No. 4 overall in the first round of 2021, two places after Green) line up in the Toronto frontcourt.

Green had two of his best games this season in matchups against fellow top picks Cade Cunningham (No. 1) and recently against Evan Mobley (No. 3) – when Green scored a team-high 21 points for lead Houston to an upset win at home against Cleveland. The Rockets would love to follow that pattern against Barnes and the Raptors, and it would also be a nice birthday present for Green, who turned 20 on Wednesday.

  • Dated: Thursday February 10
  • Time: 7 p.m. Center
  • TV channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBA League Pass
  • Direct: fuboTV (watch free at Houston Markets)

Houston Rockets (15-39)

  • Guard: Kevin Porter Jr.
  • Guard: Jalen Green
  • Attacker: Eric Gordon
  • Attacker: Jae’Sean Tate
  • Center: Christian Wood

Toronto Raptors (30-23)

  • Guard: Fred VanVleet
  • Guard: Gary Trent Jr.
  • Attacker: OG Anunoby
  • Attacker: Scottie Barnes
  • Center: Pascal Siakam

Both rosters are based on each team’s most recent playing notes as of Wednesday night. Any trades made before the Thursday afternoon trade deadline by either team could change that.

Houston’s injury report says rookie forward Usman Garuba suffered a left wrist injury that could rule him out for up to eight weeks. Two-way players Daishen Nix and Trevelin Queen remain in the G League, in large part because the majority of the Rockets’ roster is healthy. Eric Gordon (left heel pain) is questionable after missing the last two games.

The Raptors won’t release their injury report for Thursday until hours before the whistleblower, as it’s the second night in a row after playing Wednesday at Oklahoma City. Against the Thunder, their only absences were Goran Dragic (not with the team), Issac Bonga (G League, on assignment), and Justin Champagnie and David Johnson, who are each in the G League on their dual contracts. sense.

For maintenance purposes, it’s at least possible that head coach Nick Nurse will choose to rest or cut minutes for some veteran players, given it’s the second straight night in various cities.

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