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Rockets vs. Thunder preview: Potential playoff matchup?

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MARCH 06: Houston Rockets Guard James Harden (13) looking to make a play while Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Corey Brewer (3) plays defense on March 06, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK.(Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MARCH 06: Houston Rockets Guard James Harden (13) looking to make a play while Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Corey Brewer (3) plays defense on March 06, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK.(Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Rockets will play the Thunder tonight in one the last big game of the regular season.

The Houston Rockets are in a pretty darn good spot right now. They sit at 64-15 and have clinched the No. 1 seed and top record in all of the NBA.

The OKC Thunder, on the other hand, are still playing for their postseason lives. They are one of the many teams still in the hunt for a playoff spot with less than a week left in the season.

The Rockets will have a chance to make the Thunder’s life hard and potentially have them miss the playoffs. That would be crazy considering the amount of talent OKC has on the roster.

Let’s look at the potential starting 5s:

Projected Starters

Houston

Chris Paul/James Harden/Trevor Ariza/P.J. Tucker/Clint Capela

OKC

Russell Westbrook/Corey Brewer/Paul George/Carmelo Anthony/Steven Adams

Injury Report

A few Rockets are dealing with some injuries. Eric Gordon is questionable with a sore ankle. Tarik Black is also questionable with a stiff lower back. Finally, Ryan Anderson is still out after spraining his ankle.

For the Thunder, Andre Roberson is still out.

How the Rockets can win

Houston will need to come to play tonight if they want to win. Ever since they clinched the No. 1 seed, it’s been a question mark on what team would show up to the arena. If the Rockets play like they did against the Wizards and the first 3 quarters against the Blazers, they should handle OKC without much problem.

Defending the Big 3 of OKC will also be a tough task. Even if they aren’t all playing at their highest level this season, they are still hard to defend against, especially Russell Westbrook.

Clint Capela vs. Steven Adams is always a fun matchup to watch. We’ll see who wins the battle of the big men Round 3 tonight.

There is a possibility that this could be a potential playoff matchup come next Saturday. Will the Thunder drop to the 8th seed?

The game will be on ABC at 7:30 pm CT, be sure to tune in and support your Rockets!

Next: The Rockets are nearly unbeatable when healthy

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