The Houston Rockets are the hottest team in basketball. They have won five straight games and after a three-game losing streak in early December, they are 12-3 since December 12.
Standing in their way are the pesky New Orleans Hornets. Despite having the worst record in the Western Conference, they have shown new life since the return of guard Eric Gordon and just one week ago played the Rockets tough through two quarters.
If the Rockets are going to keep their win streak going, they are going to need a repeat performance from James Harden from a week ago when he dropped 31 points on the overwhelmed Hornets. But potential Rookie of the Year candidate Anthony Davis is sure to provide at least a bit of a stumbling block to the surging Rockets.