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Rockets Now Control own Destiny

With a win last night that catapulted us into 1st place in the Southwest once again, the Rockets have secured the ability to control their own destiny the rest of the way down the final stretch of what has been a ridiculously tight Western Conference playoff race. Houston now leads the Southwest by a half-game and can maintain that tonight with a win at Golden State. Portland and San Antonio remain tied for the 4th seed, with Portland holding the tie-breaker over the Spurs. With Denver losing to the Lakers last night, there's still an outside chance that Houston could beat or tie the Nugz for the 2 seed, and the Rockets would take it by virtue of a 3-1 tiebreaker.

The playoff scramble in the West has, for all intents and purposes turned into two "mini-races," one of which is jockeying for the 3rd and 4th seeds, and the other is for who won't finish in the 8th seed. The standings look like this right now (2 through 8)

Nuggets: 53-27, 10.5 GB

Rockets: 51-28, 12.0 GB

TrailBlazers: 50-28, 12.5 GB

Spurs: 50-28, 12.5 GB

Race "#2"

Hornets: 48-30, 14.5 GB

Jazz: 47-31, 15.5 GB

Mavericks: 47-31, 15.5 GB

Some notable matchups include:

Utah @ San Antonio, tonight

LAL @ Portland, tonight (Pulling for the Lakers!)

NOL @ Dallas, tonight

Dallas @ NOL, April 12th

NOL @ Houston, April 13th

Utah @ Lakers, April 14th (as this could determine if the Jazz will be facing them in the first round, and will be a preview of that matchup)

Houston @ Dallas, April 15th ***

Denver @ Portland, April 15th ***

***Bigtime games which will probably determine where these two teams end up, and may decide who has home-court advantage in this first round match-up.

 

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