Mar 20, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale coaches against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Standings 2012: Houston Holding Onto No. 8 Spot

The Houston Rockets are barely hanging on to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference

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Rockets Schedule 2012: Houston Has Opportunity To Move Up This Week

The Western Conference playoff race is extremely tight and with less than 20 games left in the regular season, every game counts. Currently the Rockets are tied for the No. 8 spot but they are only 1.5 games games out of the No. 4 spot. This week the Rockets stay within the state this week for their three games.

Their first game is against the Sacramento Kings which should be a very good opportunity to get a win and stay in the top eight, but the other two games are going to be more challenging.

The Rockets second game is on the road against the Dallas Mavericks and it will be their second game in as many nights. This game will be a rematch from Saturday night's 101-99 defeat the Rockets had against the Mavericks.


Rockets Schedule

Next 5 Games

Sacramento Mon 03/26 7:00 PM CDT
@ Dallas Tue 03/27 7:30 PM CDT
Memphis Fri 03/30 7:00 PM CDT




The final game of the week is against the Memphis Grizzlies at home, and the Grizzlies who are one of the teams jumbled in the bottom half of the Western Conference. This is a key game that the Rockets must win if they want to stay in the playoff race.

The Rockets schedule this week is not too daunting and they have a realistic chance of going 3-0 this week, and if they do that they should create a little bit of breathing room.

For more on the Rockets go check out The Dream Shake.

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NBA Standings 2012: Houston Holding Onto No. 8 Spot

The Western Conference playoff race is extremely tight with the No. 4 spot to the No. 9 spot separated by 1.5 games, so each and every game the rest of the way is huge for all teams. The Rockets are currently tied for the No. 8 spot with the Nuggets but could easily move up a few spots if they go on a short winning streak.

Even though the Rockets are tied with the Nuggets, the No. 8 spot belongs to the Rockets due to tiebreakers. Had the Rockets defeated the Mavericks on Saturday night they would be at the No. 6 spot, so that is how close the Western Conference playoff race is.


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
1. Oklahoma City Thunder 48 36-12 .750
2. San Antonio Spurs 46 32-14 .696
3. Los Angeles Lakers 48 30-18 .625
4. Los Angeles Clippers 48 27-21 .563
5. Dallas Mavericks 50 28-22 .560
6. Memphis Grizzlies 46 25-21 .543
7. Utah Jazz 48 26-22 .542
8. Houston Rockets 49 26-23 .542
9. Denver Nuggets 49 26-23 .531





For more on the Rockets go check out The Dream Shake.

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