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Houston Rockets Game vs. Denver Nuggets Crucial to Their Playoff Potential

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets take on the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, April 6, in a game that could be a preview to the first round of the 2013 NBA Western Conference Playoffs. The Rockets are in seventh place in the Western Conference while the Nuggets are third.

The Rockets have a fairly decent opportunity to make it to the sixth seed in the Western Conference, a position that would require Houston to play Denver in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

These teams match-up well despite the Nuggets leading the season series  3-0. Whenever these teams meet, the scores are high, and normally the team with more players in double-digits wins. Ty Lawson and Jeremy Lin match up really well and have fought really hard against each other in the three games so far. The Nuggets and Rockets games this season have come down to the play of both teams’ big men. Kenneth Faried has really dominated Houston in all three match-ups. Omar Asik has to step up defensively in these games if the Rockets want to win.

This game could be a preview of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Houston needs to win this game to prove to themselves that they can beat Denver. If the Rockets lose this game and have to play the Nuggets in their first playoff series, expect Houston to be swept. Confidence and momentum are extremely important going into the NBA Playoffs, and being 0-4 against a team in the regular season leads to being 0-4 in the playoffs as well.