April 16, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) fouls Houston Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Nuggets won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
The Rockets are down to a must-win scenario to claw back into playoff eligibility. It starts Wednesday night in Dallas, where Houston has lost six in a row to the Mavericks.
Houston is in full do-or-die mode in the playoff race, tied with Phoenix for the final spot in the Western Conference and 1.5 games behind the Dallas Mavericks, a team they've lost six in a row to, including two this season. The Rockets' defense is giving up 105.3 points during the losing streak, which included two crucial back-to-back losses to fellow playoff contender Denver this past week.
The good news for the Rockets is that if they're able to upset Dallas Wednesday, they'll have two very winnable upcoming games against Golden State and at New Orleans Thursday.
Date / Time: Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas
TV: NBA League Pass, KTXH
Radio: Rockets Radio Network, SportsRadio 610
Line: Mavericks (-6)