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NBA West team-by-team schedule analysis

Houston Rockets

December/January

Houston opens the season with one of the most manageable schedules in the league. The Rockets have just one back-to-back through January, and seven of their first 10 games will be at home. Houston will host Oklahoma City before road games against Portland and Denver. Then the Rockets will begin a three-game homestand and will play six of their next seven at home. During this stretch, they will host the Lakers for a two-game series before entering the toughest part of their January schedule. The Rockets will be on the road for five of their next six, including their first back-to-back. 

On Jan. 20, they will face Phoenix at home before traveling to Detroit to take on the Pistons. The next night they are scheduled to play the Mavericks in Dallas, which could mean a letdown against Detroit. An emotional game follows as Russell Westbrook, now a Wizard, makes his return to Houston three nights later. The Rockets’ next game, at home against the Trail Blazers, could be a letdown after facing Westbrook. It’s a pretty underwhelming schedule for Houston to open the season, which could be very beneficial for a team looking to find its identity under a new regime.

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