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Rockets 2020-21 Regular Season Schedule
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)
Time (CT) / Result
|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
Time (CT) / Result
|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)||7 p.m.||at Chicago||AT&T SportsNet|
|Jan. 20 (Wed)||8:30 p.m.||vs Phoenix||AT&T SportsNet ESPN|
|Jan. 22 (Fri)||6 p.m.||at Detroit||AT&T SportsNet|
|Jan. 23 (Sat)||7:30 p.m.||at Dallas||AT&T SportsNet|
|Jan. 26 (Tue)||7 p.m.||vs Washington||AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV|
|Jan. 28 (Thu)||8:30 p.m.||vs Portland||TNT|
|Jan. 30 (Sat)||6 p.m.||at New Orleans||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 1 (Mon)||7 p.m.||at Oklahoma City||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 3 (Wed)||7 p.m.||at Oklahoma City||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 4 (Thu)||7 p.m.||at Memphis||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 6 (Sat)||7 p.m.||vs San Antonio||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 8 (Mon)||7 p.m.||at Charlotte||AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV|
|Feb. 9 (Tue)||6:30 p.m.||at New Orleans||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 11 (Thu)||6:30 p.m.||vs Miami||TNT|
|Feb. 13 (Sat)||6:30 p.m.||at New York||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 15 (Mon)||6 p.m.||at Washington||AT&T SportsNet / NBA TV|
|Feb. 17 (Wed)||6:30 p.m.||at Philadelphia||AT&T SportsNet / ESPN|
|Feb. 19 (Fri)||8:30 p.m.||vs Dallas||AT&T SportsNet / ESPN|
|Feb. 20 (Sat)||7 p.m.||vs Indiana||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 22 (Mon)||7 p.m.||vs Chicago||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 24 (Wed)||6:30 p.m.||at Cleveland||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 26 (Fri)||6:30 p.m.||at Toronto*||AT&T SportsNet|
|Feb. 28 (Sun)||6 p.m.||vs Memphis||AT&T SportsNet|
|Mar. 1 (Tue)||7 p.m.||vs Cleveland||AT&T SportsNet|
|Mar. 3 (Wed)||6:30 p.m.||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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