Expectations Of This Series
As expected, it’s going to be another tough challenge. Once again, the Rockets facing a team that they had swept during the regular season. But the Jazz are coming off a big series win against Oklahoma City that it will give them confidence heading into round two. Yes, the two things going into game one that play in our favor are homecourt advantage and rested players. But again, fans shouldn’t expect a sweep.
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Utah won’t be facing any pressure because they’re the underdogs in the series while we’re the favorites. The way I see this series going down, the Houston Rockets take the first two games, again. From there, they have to steal one in Utah to take at least a 3-1 lead in the series.
The thing with the first two rounds of the series that would benefit the Rockets in the long haul is that while the Western Conference has two teams that are truly in contention for the NBA title, the next few years will see an increase in competition much like you had in the 1990’s and 2000’s.
Going on this run will help the Houston Rockets over the next few years when they get set to play in the playoffs again. With their experience in the playoffs, they’ll play out as a benefit against teams that get better next year.
For the sake of Chris Paul, who has yet to reach the Western Conference Finals, I do believe the Rockets advance. At best, the Rockets win in five or six games. The worst case scenario is a game seven, where anything can happen. But for the Rockets, a tough series against Utah will be one that either helps them in the long run or sets them up for a potential leak.