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NBA Standings: Rockets Tied With Nuggets, Mavericks In Western Conference Playoff Race

The Houston Rockets have a slim 1.5 game lead over Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA's Western Conference, but the good news is that they're just a win or two shy of jumping into the sixth seed and avoiding a potential first round match-up with Oklahoma City or San Antonio.

Houston, Denver and Dallas are all tied with 32-36 records, with Dallas travelling to Golden State on Thursday night while the Rockets and Nuggets are idle. With the Rockets hosting Phoenix and the Nuggets playing at L.A. on Friday, a Houston win and a Dallas or Denver loss could get the Rockets off the playoff cliff.

Western Standings

Oklahoma City Thunder 58 42-16 .724
San Antonio Spurs 56 40-16 .714
Los Angeles Lakers 59 37-22 .627
Los Angeles Clippers 58 35-23 .603
Memphis Grizzlies 57 34-23 .596
Dallas Mavericks 58 32-26 .552
Denver Nuggets 58 32-26 .552
Houston Rockets 58 32-26 .552
Utah Jazz 59 31-28 .525
Phoenix Suns 58 30-28 .517
Portland Trail Blazers 59 28-31 .475
Minnesota Timberwolves 59 25-34 .424
Golden State Warriors 57 22-35 .386
Sacramento Kings 59 19-40 .322
New Orleans Hornets 58 16-42 .276

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