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Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings game preview

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NBA: Sacramento Kings at Houston Rockets Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this is familiar.

Houston plays the Sacramento Kings once again tonight, though it’s not a true home-and-home since the Kings played (and won) in San Antonio in between games against Houston.

There isn’t much to say for Houston, as this game is once again a must-win contest if the Rockets are pushing for the third and suddenly possible second seed in the West. In fact, Denver’s loss to Washington and their upcoming slate of games (@GSW, SA, POR, @POR, @UTA) means that if Houston wins out and Denver loses three of those games, there’s a real possibility that Houston could move to the two spot (assuming Portland doesn’t run the table as well).

So there’s a lot to play for coming down the stretch. That starts tonight against a Kings team that showed it was game against the Rockets and then further proved it by taking down the Spurs in San Antonio the next night. Tonight also begins the first half of Houston’s final back-to-back of the season. Tomorrow night the team heads to Los Angeles to take on a surging Clippers squad.

Tip-off is at 9pm CT

As the calendar turns to April, this is usually when I start posting other games that affect Houston’s playoff seed or first round opponent.

Tonight (all times CT)

Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder: 7pm on TNT

Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs: 7:30pm

Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors: 9:30pm on TNT