Predicting where the Houston Rockets will finish in the West

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Getting Back to Business

The first game back for the Houston Rockets will be the toughest of them all. H-Town will take on the new showtime Lakers. Not knowing how each team will respond in their first game back following a long time off makes this game that much more unpredictable.

After the Lakers, Houston takes on a hungry Portland Trail Blazer team that is fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Although the Blazers are currently outside of the playoff picture, the Rockets can not take Damian Lillard and crew lightly, which is something they’ve tended to do at times. But, with Houston being a far better and healthier team, this game should be a win for the Rockets.

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The next game against the Sacramento Kings should be the easiest one for the remainder of the season. The Kings are another team that is outside of the playoffs but is still young and hungry. With young guns like De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield looking to make the Kings a playoff team, James Harden and Russell Westbrook should be a little too much for the young stars to handle.

The fourth game is against the Eastern Conference favorites, the Milwaukee Bucks. With Giannis Antentokounmpo likely to win back-to-back MVPs, the Bucks are ready for championship glory. With the best record in the league, a great head coach, a reigning MVP and a great supporting cast, it seems like the Bucks are not slowing down anytime soon. But once again, there’s no word on how teams will be playing when the season returns. The Rockets could pull off an upset.

Game number five is against the in-state rival Dallas Mavericks. As much as Luka Doncic has shown he is a superstar in his second season, the Rockets should win this game. Being that it’s the fifth game, the chemistry should be back to normal and players should be rounding into playoff form by this point.

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