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.
|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|
|Portland Trail Blazers||59||28-31||.475|
|Golden State Warriors||57||22-35||.386|
|New Orleans Hornets||58||16-42||.276|
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