NBA Playoffs

Rockets vs Trailblazers

NBA Post Season Matchup Preview

Matchup: Houston Rockets (4) vs. Portland Trailblazers (5)

TV Schedule

Game 1: In HOU – Sun, April 20th 9:30pm on TNT
Game 2: In HOU – Wed, April 23rd 9:30pm on TNT
Game 3: In POR – Fri, April 25th 10:30pm on ESPN
Game 4: In POR – Sun, April 27th 9:30pm on TNT
Game 5: In HOU – Wed, April 30th *TBD
Game 6: In POR – Fri, May 2nd *TBD
Game 7: In HOU – Sun, May 4th *TBD

Breakdown

 RocketsBlazers
Home Court✔︎
Offense✔︎
Defense✔︎
Coaching✔︎
Experience✔︎
Bench✔︎
Momentum✔︎
Verdict✔︎

Analysis

Houston enters the postseason for the first time with the Harden/Howard combo leading them to the second highest scoring team in the league. Howard looks happy and he’s given them some semblance of defense. The Rockets are a bit gimpy right now though with Howard in and out of the lineup and Patrick Beverly out with a meniscus. They won’t hurt for offense, but those two players are by far their best two defensive players, which they will need if they want to slow down a fellow offensive juggernaut in the Blazers. The Blazer shot out of the gate this year, came back to earth, and has slowly started to pick things back up while flying under the radar. They are tied for the longest active win streak in the league at 5, and have won 9 of their last 10, including wins over LAC, GSW, and MEM. This matchup will come down to whether or not the Rockets can stop the Blazers enough to let their offense carry them through.

Prediction

Houston Rockets in 6




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