Bound for their first playoff appearance in four seasons, the Rockets have their sights set on the sixth seed in the Western Conference. They haven't quite nailed it down yet.
The Rockets will look to take another step toward doing so Monday night when they visit the Suns, who continue to slide down the stretch to one of the worst finishes in franchise history.
The Rockets (45-35) have already clinched their first postseason berth since 2009 and can finish as high as sixth -- the place they currently occupy. The Warriors are also 45-35, but Houston holds the tiebreaker with a 3-1 advantage in the season series.
The Rockets also hold a 2-1 advantage against the Lakers, but that could be evened in Wednesday's season finale at Los Angeles. Should Houston lose to Phoenix and the Lakers, Los Angeles would be seeded higher based on its better record against Western Conference teams.
But with wins in six of their last eight games after a 121-100 home victory over the Kings on Sunday, t...