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2012 NBA Standings: Rockets Clinging To No. 8 Spot

The Rockets have lost three straight games and are now sitting at the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference after losing to the Nuggets Sunday night. With that loss the Phoenix Suns are just one game behind the Rockets and the Utah Jazz are only 1.5 games back.

There are only six games left in the regular season for the Rockets to hold onto that final spot and they get a chance to get back on the court Monday night against the Nuggets once again, but this time at home.

Out of those last six games that the Rockets have on the schedule they have two against the New Orleans Hornets, and those two games are as near a guaranteed win on the schedule a team can have.

Western Standings

No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder 60 44-16 .733
No. 2 San Antonio Spurs 58 42-16 .724
No. 3 Los Angeles Lakers 61 39-22 .639
No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers 60 37-23 .617
No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies 60 35-25 .583
No. 6 Dallas Mavericks 61 34-27 .557
No. 7 Denver Nugget 60 33-27 .550
No. 8 Houston Rockets 60 32-28 .533

For more on this game Rockets fans should check out The Dream Shake and for more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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