A home game against a young Sacramento team with an interim head coach is practically a must win game for Houston's playoff chances.
Former Rocket Chuck Hayes is the Kings normal starting power forward, but he's missed the last three games with a dislocated shoulder.
Sacramento, at 4-7, is actually ahead of Houston in the Western Conference standings, even though they just fired head coach Paul Westphal.
Westphal's dismissal appears to have ignited a young Kings team, in particular enigmatic center DeMarcus Cousins, who has averaged 18.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in four games under interim coach Keith Smart.
Cousins' ability to score from the low post will be a challenge for Houston's interior defense, while 6'6 combo guard Tyreke Evans will be a challenge for whichever Rocket perimeter player defends him.
Sitting at 3-7 with a home game against the Portland Trail Blazers, one of the most impressive teams in the NBA this year, on Saturday, Houston needs their veterans to come through at home in an almost must win early season game.
The 7:00 PM game will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Houston.