The Houston Rockets are set to face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the NBA Playoffs beginning Sunday at the Toyota Center.
Season series: Houston won 4-0
Series outlook: The Rockets dominated the season series against the Timberwolves, but only one of those games (a 126-108 win on Feb. 13) included Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler from beginning to end. The four-time All-Star tore his meniscus in their second matchup on Feb. 23, then missed the final two meetings before returning on Friday. The Rockets, meanwhile, lost key defender Luc Mbah a Moute to a dislocated shoulder on Tuesday, and he's expected to miss the first round — if not longer.
Houston Rockets (1) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8)
Game 1 — Timberwolves at Rockets, Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2 — Timberwolves at Rockets, Wednesday, April 18 at 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3 — Rockets at Timberwolves, Saturday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4 — Rockets at Timberwolves, Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5 (if necessary) — Timberwolves at Rockets, Wednesday, April 25 (TBD)
Game 6 (if necessary) — Rockets at Timberwolves, Friday, April 27 (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary) — Timberwolves at Rockets, Sunday, April 29 (TBD)