Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault gives injury updates on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Kenrich Williams and Derrick Favors
There is strong statistical evidence supporting the notion that the Houston Rockets are gaining confidence under second-year coach Stephen Silas. Houston is set to host the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center on Sunday, trying to match its longest winning streak in more than two years. Friday night, five Rockets scored in double figures in their 118-116 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic, a win that came with rookie guard Jalen Green (hamstring) sidelined for a fourth consecutive game.
Having passed a test against one tough defense, the Utah Jazz face another Sunday when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is the second of three straight opponents that rank in the Top 10 among NBA teams in defensive rating. The Jazz put together one of their finest offensive performances of the season, outlasting Boston for a 137-130 victory.