5. Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets – Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Fit player to watch: Jordan Bell (Warriors) – With players like Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant on the roster, it’s not easy to find minutes for a second-round pick, but Bell has found a way to get into the lineup for Golden State. While he’s shown plenty of inexperience this season, he’s also shown some of the reasons why he was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year while at Oregon.
Even though this is just a regular-season game in the middle of January, it could have major value for the teams come playoff time. The Warriors are the heavy favorites to make it out of the West, but with the way things are shaping up, Golden State might have to beat the Rockets to get to their fourth-straight NBA Finals. This will be the third matchup between the teams this season. The first saw Houston take down Golden State in its opening game of the year behind a strong game from James Harden, who had 27 points and 11 assists, and the second was a bounce back win for the Warriors on January 4.
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