Brooklyn Nets (17-8, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (13-12, eighth in the Eastern Conference)Atlanta; Friday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Trae Young and Kevin Durant meet when Atlanta hosts Brooklyn. Young is fifth in the NBA averaging 26.3 points per game and Durant is first in the league averaging 28.4 points per game.The Hawks are 7-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. Atlanta is 5-11 against opponents with a winning record.The Nets are 13-5 in Eastern Conference play. Br
The Rockets have now won seven consecutive games as they defeated the Nets, 114-104. Josh Christopher recorded a career-high 18 points (7-7 FG, 4-4 3pt FG) for the Rockets, while Christian Wood added 12 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in the victory. James Harden led all scorers with 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Nets in the losing effort. The Rockets improve to 8-16 on the season, while the Nets fall to 17-8.
Houston, which lost 15 straight games earlier in the season, has now won seven in a row.