The Houston Rockets host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night in the opening game of the NBA’s 2020-21 regular season for both teams. If you’re wondering how you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.
The Rockets and Thunder last met in Game 7 in the first round of the 2020 Western Conference playoffs, which Houston won in a thriller to advance. Since then, however, the Thunder have moved into a rebuilding phase by trading veterans such as Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, and Steven Adams. Meanwhile, Danilo Gallinari left in free agency.
Among numerous offseason changes, the Rockets have since swapped out two starters, going from Robert Covington and Russell Westbrook to Christian Wood and John Wall. They also have a new coaching staff, with Stephen Silas leading the way instead of Mike D’Antoni.
Here’s when you should tune in to see the third preseason game:
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 23
Time: 7 p.m. Central
TV Channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Live stream: fuboTV in Houston markets (watch for free)
The Rockets went 3-1 in the 2020-21 preseason, while the Thunder were 1-2. Both teams had identical 44-28 records last season, tied for No. 4 in the West. However, Oklahoma City has lower expectations entering the new NBA season based on their offseason moves.
Probable starting lineups
Guard: John Wall
Guard: James Harden
Forward: Danuel House Jr.
Forward: PJ Tucker
Center: Christian Wood
Oklahoma City Thunder
Guard: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Guard: Luguentz Dort
Forward: Justin Jackson
Forward: Darius Bazley
Center: Al Horford
The Rockets are one of a small number of NBA teams welcoming in-arena fans, with attendance of up to 4,500 expected at Toyota Center. Houston enters Wednesday’s game favored by 7.5 points.