The matchup and location of the Trail Blazers’ first round playoff series is set.
The Houston Rockets, by defeating the San Antonio Spurs 105-98 Monday night, have secured the fourth seed in the Western Conference. They will host the Trail Blazers in the four/five matchup beginning this weekend in Houston at the Toyota Center.
The Rockets are currently 54-27 and will play their final game of the season against the Pelicans in New Orleans. They can finish no worse than 54-28, which is the best The Trail Blazers could finish should they defeat the L.A. Clippers at the Moda Center in their final game of the regular season. But the Rockets own the tiebreaker by virtue of taking the season series from Portland 3-1 to take fourth in the West and the homecourt advantage that comes with it. The best of seven series will be played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format.
Portland assured they would play the Rockets and finish no lower than the fifth seed by defeating the Warriors in overtime Sunday night. After the game, Terry Stotts and several players discussed the upcoming matchup versus Houston.
With the seeding set, neither the Trail Blazers nor the Rockets have anything to play for in their final games, which are both Wednesday night.