2012 NBA standings: Rockets right on the edge of playoff race

Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

The Houston Rockets are tied for 8th in the West, though a 1-7 mark against the conference is doing them no favors.

If the Houston Rockets want to be in the playoffs, they might want to start winning some games against Western Conference opponents.

After the Rockets' 120-98 loss at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, the team fell to a brutal 1-7 against conference opponents on the season. At 7-8 overall, the Rockets are currently tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the 8th and final playoff spot. Few expect a sub-.500 record to be enough to make the tournament (or for the Lakers to be around that mark all season), but there's obviously still plenty of time for the Rockets to right the ship, especially considering they're probably still trying to gel with a starting backcourt that's barely been together a month.

In the always-tough Southwest Division, the Rockets are currently third behind the West's top two teams, the San Antonio Spurs (13-3) and the Memphis Grizzlies (11-2).

Here's a look at the up-to-date Western Conference and Southwest Division standings:


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Memphis Grizzlies 12 10-2 .833
San Antonio Spurs 15 12-3 .800
Oklahoma City Thunder 15 11-4 .733
Golden State Warriors 14 8-6 .571
Los Angeles Clippers 14 8-6 .571
Denver Nuggets 15 8-7 .533
Utah Jazz 15 8-7 .533
Houston Rockets 14 7-7 .500
Los Angeles Lakers 15 7-8 .467
Dallas Mavericks 15 7-8 .467
Phoenix Suns 15 7-8 .467
Minnesota Timberwolves 13 6-7 .462
Portland Trail Blazers 14 6-8 .429
New Orleans Hornets 13 4-9 .308
Sacramento Kings 14 4-10 .286


Southwest Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Antonio 13 3 .812 0 Won 5
Memphis 11 2 .846 0.5 Won 3
Houston 7 8 .466 5.5 Lost 1
Dallas 7 9 .437 6 Lost 3
New Orleans 4 10 .285 8 Lost 1

(updated 11.29.2012 at 10:37 AM CST)



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