The Houston Rockets are but nine games away from their first playoff appearance since the 2008-09 season, but how will they close out this season before their first-round matchup with one of the Western Conference powerhouses?
Only two of the teams that the Rockets play in April are playoff squads (Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies), with the Los Angeles Lakers currently holding a 0.5-game lead over the Utah Jazz for the No. 8 spot in the West.
If we were simply to look at April's games and choose winners based on the team with the best record (a very crude method, I know), then the Rockets should close out the regular season with a 7-2 month.
This may not end up being the case, however. This young team will have to combat the pressures of playoff basketball while still playing games that will determine their seeding.
April's nine games should be exciting, to say the least.