Thanks to the 76ers and the Suns, the Jazz are moving on up the Northwest Division standings. We are currently tied with Denver in the all important loss column. Now would be an excellent time to go on a nice little winning streak. And, as luck would have it, the Big Confuscious comes to town.
Now, remember, the Rockets are playing without McGrady - which means that they are a good basketball team. With McGrady out, they run everything through Yao and let Scola and Artest clean up the boards. Since their guards suck, they have decided that they don't need them: they have been running a three forward lineup with either Kyle Lowry or Aaron Brooks at the point.
Lately, the Rockets have been doing things that the Jazz are seemingly powerless to accomplish, like winning in San Antonio. However, the Jazz seem to be in the Rockets' head, just like the Spurs are in ours. Much of that dominance is the result of matchups: when you are running Aaron Brooks against Deron, you are digging yourself a hole. And the Jazz, unlike a lot of teams, have the bigs to match up with Yao, Scola, and Artest.
Last thing to know about the Rockets: they have a small forward that was recently shot in the leg after smashing into a utility pole with his SUV. And it wasn't Ron Artest!