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Rockets Announce First Half of Schedule for 2020-21 NBA Season

UPDATED: February 24, 2021 -- 3:12 p.m. CT

POSTED: December 4, 2020 -- 5:43 p.m. CT

The Houston Rockets today announced their schedule for the first half of the 2020-21 NBA season. The Rockets are the only team to have made the playoffs in each of the past eight seasons.

The first half of the Rockets schedule is comprised of 37 games with 18 at Toyota Center and 19 on the road. The second part of the schedule will be released towards the latter portion of the first half. The entire schedule will consist of 72 games.

AT&T SportsNet will broadcast 33 of the 37 first half games as well as three preseason games. The Rockets have a total of 14 nationally televised games in the first half (TNT: 3, ESPN: 4, NBA TV: 7).

Seven of the Rockets first 10 games will be at Toyota Center, including the season opener vs. Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Dec. 23. That stretch concludes with consecutive home games against the defending NBA champion L.A. Lakers on Jan. 10 and Jan. 12.


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From Jan. 14 through Feb. 17, Houston will play 14 of 19 games on the road, including a first-half high four straight from Jan. 30 through Feb. 4. The Rockets will finish their first half schedule by playing six of eight at home, with the last scheduled game vs. Brooklyn on March 3. While there will not be an All-Star Game this season, there will be a break in games across the league from March 5-10 before the second part of the schedule begins.

This season, Houston will play each Western Conference opponent three times and each Eastern Conference team the normal two times. The Rockets will host Southwest division rivals Dallas and Memphis twice while facing New Orleans and San Antonio twice on the road. Southwest Division teams will play Pacific Division teams twice at home and will travel to Northwest Division teams twice.

The Rockets have five sets of back-to-back games during the first half of the schedule. Three of those sets are both road games with the remaining two sets consisting of consecutive home games.

Houston's first half schedule consists of eight games on Monday (3 home), three on Tuesday (2 home), seven games on Wednesday (3 home), five on Thursday (3 home), four on Friday (2 home), eight on Saturday (3 home), and two Sunday home games.

2020-21 Houston Rockets First Half Schedule (schedule subject to change)

PRESEASON

Date (Day)
Opponent
Time (CT) / Result
TV
Dec. 11 (Fri) W, 125-104. at Chicago
Dec. 13 (Sun) L, 104-91. at Chicago AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 15 (Tue) W, 112-98. San Antonio AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 17 (Thu) W, 128-106. San Antonio AT&T SportsNet

FIRST HALF REGULAR SEASON

Date (Day)
Opponent
Time (CT) / Result
TV
Dec. 23 (Wed) POSTPONED vs Oklahoma City AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 26 (Sat) L, 128-126 (OT). at Portland AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV
Dec. 28 (Mon) L, 124-111. at Denver AT&T SportsNet
Dec. 31 (Thu) W, 122-119. vs Sacramento AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 2 (Sat) W, 102-94. vs Sacramento AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 4 (Mon) L, 113-100. vs Dallas AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 6 (Wed) L, 114-107. at Indiana AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 8 (Fri) W, 132-90. vs Orlando AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 10 (Sun) L, 120-102. vs L.A. Lakers AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 12 (Tue) L, 117-100. vs L.A. Lakers AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV
Jan. 14 (Thu) W, 109-105. at San Antonio AT&T SportsNet / TNT
Jan. 16 (Sat) L, 103-91. at San Antonio AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV
Jan. 18 (Mon) L, 125-120. at Chicago AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 20 (Wed) L, 109-103. vs Phoenix AT&T SportsNet / ESPN
Jan. 22 (Fri) W, 103-102. at Detroit AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 23 (Sat) W, 133-108. at Dallas AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 26 (Tue) W, 107-88. vs Washington AT&T SportsNet
Jan. 28 (Thu) W, 104-101. vs Portland TNT
Jan. 30 (Sat) W, 126-112. at New Orleans AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 1 (Mon) W, 136-106. at Oklahoma City AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 3 (Wed) L, 104-87. at Oklahoma City AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 4 (Thu) W, 115-103. at Memphis AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 6 (Sat) L, 111-106. vs San Antonio AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 8 (Mon) L, 119-94. at Charlotte AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV
Feb. 9 (Tue) L, 130-101. at New Orleans AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 11 (Thu) L, 101-94. vs Miami TNT
Feb. 13 (Sat) L, 121-99. at New York AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 15 (Mon) L, 131-119. at Washington AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV
Feb. 17 (Wed) L, 118-113. at Philadelphia AT&T SportsNet / ESPN
Feb. 19 (Fri) POSTPONED vs Dallas AT&T SportsNet / ESPN
Feb. 20 (Sat) POSTPONED vs Indiana AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 22 (Mon) L, 120-100. vs Chicago AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 24 (Wed) L, 112-96. at Cleveland AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 26 (Fri) L, 122-111. at Toronto* AT&T SportsNet
Feb. 28 (Sun) L, 133-84. vs Memphis AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 1 (Tue) L, 101-90. vs Cleveland AT&T SportsNet
Mar. 3 (Wed) L, 132-114. vs Brooklyn ESPN

* - All First Half home games for Toronto will be played at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.

***ALL-STAR BREAK IS MARCH 5 - 10***

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