Rockets can win the division

With the Rockets win over Portland combined with the Spurs loss (stomping) at Cleveland, the Rox are now 1/2 game out of the Southwest Division lead. The New Orleans Hornets loss at home to Utah gives the Rockets a 1.5 game cushion over the 3rd place Hornets, with Dallas three games behind the Rockets.

A quick look at the remaining games in the schedule shows the Rockets with an excellent chance to win the division:

  • San Antonio Spurs (6 remaining games)
    • 3 home, 3 away
    • 2 back-to-back
    • 3 non playoff teams (though OKC has been their nemesis)
    • @OKC, POR, UTA, @SAC, @GS, NO
  • Houston Rockets (5 remaining games)
    • 2 home, 3 away
    • 1 back-to-back
    • 2 non playoff teams
    • ORL, @SAC, @GS, NO, @DAL
  • New Orleans Hornets (6 remaining games)
    • 2 home, 4 away
    • 2 back-to-back
    • 0 non-playoff teams
    • @MIA, PHO, @DAL, DAL, @HOU, @SA

With the Rockets excellent home record, they could win out; New Orleans has the toughest schedule have tough back to backs, with a last game showdown with the Hornets.

The Rockets should get Carl Landry back soon, and that will help. Hopefully, they will get the 2nd or 3rd seed, as the 4th would put them in the Lakers bracket, and the Lake show has swept them this season.

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