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Ben DuBose

Rockets at Hornets: Friday’s lineups, injury reports, broadcast and stream info

As the NBA’s 2022-23 season enters its final weekend for the Rockets, the future of head coach Stephen Silas is unclear. For Houston’s players who clearly want Silas to retain his job, could a winning streak to close the year potentially help that cause?

The Rockets enjoyed a feel-good victory with Tuesday’s unexpected blowout of Denver. On paper, they have an opportunity to build on that with a weekend road trip to Charlotte and Washington, two Eastern Conference teams eliminated from playoff contention who have nothing to play for but pride.

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With Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green leading the way, the Rockets enter with two wins in their last three games. On the other side, the Hornets have lost three straight, each by 20 or more points, and most of their expected rotation is listed on the injury report.

When and How to Watch

  • Date: Friday, April 7
  • Time: 6 p.m. Central
  • TV Channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBA League Pass
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free in Houston markets)

Probable starting lineups

Houston Rockets (20-60)

  • Guard: Kevin Porter Jr.
  • Guard: Jalen Green
  • Forward: KJ Martin
  • Forward: Jabari Smith Jr.
  • Center: Alperen Sengun

Charlotte Hornets (26-54)

  • Guard: Theo Maledon
  • Guard: Bryce McGowens
  • Forward: Svi Mykhailiuk
  • Forward: JT Thor
  • Center: Nick Richards

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

Injury reports

Houston’s injury report for Friday again lists Jae’Sean Tate (left knee soreness) as out. On the other side, Charlotte’s lengthy report lists LaMelo Ball (right ankle surgery), Gordon Hayward (left thumb sprain), Cody Martin (left knee soreness), Kelly Oubre Jr. (right shoulder strain), Terry Rozier (right foot discomfort) and PJ Washington (right foot sprain) as out; Dennis Smith Jr. (right great toe sprain) as questionable; and Mark Williams (left ankle sprain) as probable.

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