With 10 games remaining, the Houston Rockets sit near the top of the list Western Conference teams whose playoff berths are far from certain.
At 31-25, the Rockets currently are in sixth place, only 1.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the fifth spot. However, Houston is only 2.5 games ahead of the 10th-place Utah Jazz, so it's a bit of a logjam. The San Antonio Spurs have not yet clinched the division, but it's all but a formality now.
Of the 10 games remaining, half of them are against teams ranging from seventh to 10th in the Western Conference standings: Utah (one game), Phoenix (one), Denver (two) and Dallas (one). Of the other five games, four are against sub-.500 teams and the other is against the Miami Heat.
So the Rockets have the opportunity to distance themselves from the teams chasing them, but also could let them catch up or pass Houston in the standings.