The Houston Rockets' latest loss - a 117-110 win by the Mavericks, Dallas' seventh in a row over Houston - doesn't officially eliminate the Rockets from the NBA Playoffs, but the road to the postseason has become quite daunting.
At 32-30 overall, the Rockets are tied with Phoenix, and both teams are a half game behind Utah. The Jazz own the tiebreaker over the Suns, but the Suns own the tiebreaker over Houston, as does Utah if the Jazz and Rockets finish tied.
|San Antonio Spurs||61||45-16||.738|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||62||45-17||.726|
|Los Angeles Lakers||63||40-23||.635|
|Los Angeles Clippers||62||39-23||.629|
|Portland Trail Blazers||63||28-35||.444|
|Golden State Warriors||61||22-39||.361|
|New Orleans Hornets||62||19-43||.306|
The best scenario for Houston?
- The Rockets must win out in their final four games. With a home and away against lowly New Orleans and a home game versus Golden State, that's do-able, but Houston also has to go to Miami, where the Heat have the league's best home record
- The Jazz and Suns need to each lose one game. The two teams play each other in Salt Lake City, so that ensures at least one club will lose a game. If the Suns are able to win that game, they could easily lose one of their remaining contests against the Nuggets, Clippers or Spurs.