The Houston Rockets are the No. 4 seed in the stacked Western Conference and will take on the Utah Jazz starting tonight. What does the series have in store and how do these two teams match up?
It all begins tonight. After a crazy end to the regular season and uncertainty about the exact playoff seeding, we get to see the Houston Rockets back in postseason with a chance at redemption from the disappointing ending last year against the Warriors.
Going into the last night of the season, the Rockets could have finished as high as No. 2 in the West despite the slow start. Unfortunately, they had some tough breaks go their way (along with blowing a lead against the Thunder the night before) and ended up going down to the No. 4 spot.
They will face off against a Utah Jazz team that has been sizzling hot in the second half of the season. Thankfully, the Rockets have been pretty great, too. The two squads have been the best teams in the league since the All-Star break.
Let’s take a look at this matchup as it is one of the more intriguing ones in the first round of the playoffs.
First, here’s an overview at the schedule of the series. It’s looking like most of the games will be in the 8:30/9:30 time slots, unfortunately. Also, sorry to you Game of Thrones fans out there, as a couple of the games (1 and 7 if necessary) would collide with the show on Sunday nights.
Game 1 (in HOU): Tonight at 8:30 p.m. CT
Game 2 (in HOU): Wednesday 4/17 at 8:30 p.m. CT
Game 3 (@ UTA): Saturday 4/20 at 9:30 p.m. CT
Game 4 (@ UTA): Monday 4/22 at 9:30 p.m. CT
Game 5 (If necessary in HOU): Wednesday 4/24 TBA
Game 6 (If necessary @ UTA): Friday 4/26 TBA
Game 7 (If necessary in HOU): Sunday 4/28 TBA
It’s a pretty basic schedule for the first round of the playoffs. The lack of a day off after travel between games 5 and 6 and between 6 and 7 is pretty interesting, I suppose.
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