Rockets at Knicks, Jan. 17: Lineups, how to watch, injury reports, uniforms

The Rockets (19-20) will wind down an increasingly miserable road trip with Wednesday’s game versus the New York Knicks (23-17). Houston is just 4-14 on the road this season, and they are 1-4 on the current six-game road trip, all versus Eastern Conference opponents.

This road stretch is Houston’s longest of the 2023-24 season and the longest for the franchise in more than a decade. And as the days have mounted, the performances have gotten gradually worse.

In the second and third games, the Rockets lost in overtime in Chicago before winning at Detroit. But since then, they’ve been largely dominated in a pair of losses at Boston and Philadelphia.

The good news is that while the Knicks are a quality team, they are generally viewed as a tier below the Celtics and 76ers. Thus, before finally heading home, Alperen Sengun and the Rockets could have a realistic opportunity to climb back to .500 and keep pace in an extremely tight race for the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference standings (and the final spot of the West play-in tournament).

Houston remains without valuable second-year forward Tari Eason, who has struggled with off-and-on soreness in his left lower leg since suffering a stress reaction in the 2023-24 preseason.

When and How to Watch

Probable starting lineups

Houston Rockets (19-20)

  • Guard: Fred VanVleet

  • Guard: Jalen Green

  • Forward: Dillon Brooks

  • Forward: Jabari Smith Jr.

  • Center: Alperen Sengun

New York Knicks (23-17)

  • Guard: Miles McBride

  • Guard: Donte DiVincenzo

  • Forward: OG Anunoby

  • Forward: Julius Randle

  • Center: Isaiah Hartenstein

Projected lineups are based on each team’s previous game.

Injury reports

Houston’s injury report lists Victor Oladipo (left patellar tendon repair) and Tari Eason (left lower leg injury management) as out, while Reggie Bullock (lower back pain) is questionable. Nate Hinton and Jermaine Samuels Jr. are in the NBA G League, while Nate Williams was recently recalled and is currently with the Rockets.

New York is listing Mitchell Robinson (left ankle surgery) as out, while Jalen Brunson (left calf contusion) and Josh Hart (left patellar tendinopathy) are both questionable. Brunson did not play for the Knicks in their last game on Monday (a home loss to Orlando).

Jan. 17 uniform choices

  • Rockets: Black Statement Edition

  • Knicks: White Association Edition

(via LockerVision)

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Story originally appeared on Rockets Wire