With a 41-18 record and good positioning in the ultra-competitive Western Conference postseason picture, the Rockets appear poised to make some noise come playoff time. Even in the absence of star big man Dwight Howard for the foreseeable future, Houston has a lot of momentum going their way, having played some of their best basketball over the past month-and-change, as evident in the fact that they’ve won 12 out of their past 16 ballgames.
The main reason for this surge undoubtedly has to do with the absolutely stellar efforts of the club’s best player James Harden, who has vaulted himself into the MVP conversation thanks to a fantastic all-around season. Not only does he lead the NBA in scoring with 27.1 points-per-game, but he’s also doing pretty much everything else, as illustrated by his averages of nearly 7 assists and 6 rebounds a game. In fact, many would actually consider Harden the frontrunner for MVP honors at this point in time, and at the very least, will do no worse than third in the voting, with Stephen Curry and LeBron James also viewed as serious contenders for the award.
For the Rockets to maintain their current pace, Harden will have to continue his heroic work as his team begins its journey through what should be a tough month of basketball in March. At the moment, a home date with the Phoenix Suns onMarch 21st is the highest-priced game with an average ticket price of $143.50 and a walk-in price of $21 according to TiqIQ.com. The Rockets and Suns both possess similar high-powered offenses that consistently play an up-tempo brand of basketball, so there should be plenty of points on this night with both clubs most likely topping 100 when it’s all said and done.
Even their cheapest game—a road affair against the Utah Jazz on March 12th with an average ticket price of $62.29 and a walk-in price of $6—might see some good action, as despite a losing record and extinguished playoff hopes, the Jazz are actually a tricky team, having knocked off several of the NBA’s top teams this year. The Jazz will be a pain to face down the stretch when they’re playing the role of spoiler against playoff contenders like Houston, who certainly won’t want to overlook Gordon Hayward and the Jazz in a potentially meaningful game.
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While a playoff spot seems imminent, the Rockets are still jockeying for position and gaining home-court advantage is always crucial.