The NBA Playoffs begin on April 28th.
That's 31 days away.
Each team will play an average of 17 games in those 31 days—a lot of playing in not a lot of time.
This season's Western Conference is insanely compact. The 4th-seeded Los Angeles Clippers sit just three games ahead of the 10th-seeded Phoenix Suns. One bad week can see your team slip all the way out of the playoff spots.
However, a select few of those 15 games have increased meaning. These seven games will shape the remainder of the Houston Rockets' season and determine whether or not they make it into the postseason.