The Houston Rockets are having a great month of March so far as they near the end of the season. Can they finish off the month strong with a win against the Kings?
The Houston Rockets have enjoyed their March Madness, apparently. They are 11-3 in the month and have looked like a complete team at times as the season is rapidly nearing its conclusion.
This push couldn’t have come at a better time for the team with a top-3 seed still being a very realistic possibility. They are just 0.5 games back of the banged up Portland Trail Blazers for third and 3.5 back of the Nuggets/Warriors for first.
Continuing to win for the remainder of the season is very important for the Rockets right now. It’s unknown whether or not the Warriors or the Nuggets will be at the top, but based on recent history and scheduling, it sure seems like Golden State will be the No. 1 seed. If that’s the case, the No. 3 seed is very important for Houston so they can play Denver in the second round and avoid the dynasty until the Conference Finals.
The Kings won’t make it easy, though. They are a tough young team that overachieved big time this year. For quite a bit of the season, they were in the playoff picture in the extremely tough Western Conference. They are still technically in the race, but would have to win the rest of their games and have the Thunder or Spurs lose the rest of theirs.
The Rockets have handled business against the Kings this year, winning both games by an average of 18 points. There will be one more matchup of these two on Tuesday night, as well.
One of the biggest improvements for the Rockets this month was the defensive effort. They have been regularly holding opponents to under 110 points, a drastic change from the beginning of the year. They will need that tonight against the Kings, who can explode for offense in a given game.
Be sure to tune in tonight as the Rockets look to take down this young Kings squad. If they do that and the Blazers fall to the Pistons, Houston will be in control of that No. 3 seed.