How Houston Rockets Match Up Against Every Potential Conference Playoff Opponent

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How Houston Rockets Match Up Against Every Potential Conference Playoff Opponent
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Harden and the Rockets feel like they can beat anyone. Can they?

With five games remaining in the NBA regular season, the Houston Rockets (43-34) have essentially clinched a playoff berth. It will mark the team’s first appearance since 2009.

But how do these upstart Rockets match up against their Western Conference foes?

Although several games remain to be played, the team looks to be in good shape.

As it stands, Houston trails the Golden State Warriors by one game for sixth in the conference. In the rear view, the Utah Jazz sit 2.5 games behind the Rockets at eighth, with the Los Angeles Lakers three games off the pace in ninth.

But while getting to the postseason seems all but assured, lasting in it is a whole other story.

Through 77 games, Houston is 22-25 against conference opponents and 6-9 against divisional foes. Both stand as the worst mark among the 16 teams currently in playoff position.

Furthermore, although the Rockets boast a league-best 106.2 points per game, their 102.7 points per game allowed is the worst output by any current playoff team and third worst in the league.

Houston, we may have a problem.

But then again, in a conference that has seen three seventh or lower seeds advance past the first round in the last six years, anything can happen.

For the sake of this article, we will be using a playoff seeding as follows:

 

1. San Antonio Spurs

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

3. Denver Nuggets

4. Los Angeles Clippers

5. Memphis Grizzlies

6. Golden State Warriors

7. Houston Rockets

8. Los Angeles Lakers

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