The 2019-2020 schedule has just been released. This is the perfect time to evaluate the Houston Rocket’s upcoming schedule. There are 38 national televised games which means plenty of marquee matchups. The Rockets will play three straight at home to start the season. The final eight games are all in Texas with six at the Toyota Center and the other two at Dallas and San Antonio.https://t.co/rePUFwaHVS?amp=1
Opening night: MVP battle
The Rockets will be watching the rest of the NBA the first two nights as they open on Oct.24th vs the Milwaukee Bucks. The reigning MVP Giannis Antetokunmpo (don’t get @rocketstwitter started) and the Bucks come to the Toyota Center. This will also be the Toyota Center crowd’s first chance to see Westbrook in a regular-season game as a Rocket. This game will feature the last three MVPs. https://www.overtimeheroics.net/index.php/2019/07/22/2020-nba-mvp-odds/
Christmas Day: Coal in the stockings or candy cane?
NBA games on Christmas have become a staple like bad sweaters and this year is no different. The Rockets will face off against the team that has eliminated them 4 of the last 6 years the Golden St. Warriors. It will be interesting to see how the Warriors fare without Klay Thompson. Thompson will not be back until possibly March if at all. Even without Thompson you still have Steph Curry, Draymond Green and DeAngelo Russell(maybe).
The possible conference final previews
With both LA teams improving greatly every game vs these teams are a possible conference final preview. November 13 is the first time the Rockets will see Kwahi Leonard and Paul George. January 18th is the first meeting with Lebron James and Anthony Davis (unless he has requested a trade by then, of course, I am kidding). Both games will be at the Toyota Center.
Homecoming (not Spiderman sorry)
In his first game back in OKC Westbrook and the Rockets face off against Chris Paul and the Thunder on January 9th. Unlike Paul George’s return, you can expect an emotional reunion this night. Expect this game to not start on time as it will be a lengthy pre-game celebration. This will also be the first game for Harden and the Rockets vs Chris Paul(again maybe).
The homestretch deep in the heart of Texas
As mention before the Rockets will play the last eight games all in the Lonestar state. Six of those games are in Houston and the only road games are in San Antonio and Dallas respectively. With last year decided in the last week, this could be a huge benefit.
NBA regular season is a grind. 82 games over seven months can be tedious but breaking down the schedules offers some insight on how your team’s season will possibly play out.
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