<div align="center"> VS April 16, 2007, Monday Toyota Center, Houston, Texas 0730 PM (CT), FSNSW </div> <font color="blue">Phoenix Suns:</font> The Suns took an air of relief when the Spurs lost to the Mavericks yesterday thereby granting them the second seed in the western conference playoffs. Even if they lose in the last two games it won't matter anymore. They might opt to rest some of their starters specially Nash to keep them fresh at the start of the playoffs. Aside from Nash two important factors in their success were the reemergence of Amare Stoudemire and the vastly improving game of Leandro Barbosa who seems too quick for most NBA guards to defend. Look for the Suns to employ their effective defense against Yao by fronting him again thereby denying him the ball. <font color="red">Houston Rockets:</font> It seems that the Rockets still have to grind it out in the final 2 games of the season. Before saturday they have yet to beat the Hornets and the Suns this season as they have beaten every team in the league except those two. First goal was accomplished and tonight would be the Suns. The Rockets needs to win tonight to guarantee them the homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. By winning tonight the last game against the Jazz won't matter anymore. TMac has done an excellent job the past few days by taking over the game. Meanwhile Yao even though scoring very well needs to gain ground by increasing his mobility to move without the ball so he can prevent those pesky defenders from fronting him. Besides those two the bench needs to step up into higher gear. Luther is the only one reliable to contribute in scoring while Juwan and Snyder seems to have slacked off. Snyder should be given opportunity tonight as he is capable of guarding Barbosa when the starters rests. <div align="center"></div> The Rockets would be hoping for the Suns to rest some of their starters to increase their chance of winning tonight. It's the same thing as the Jazz got a lucky break when the Mavs decides to rest Terry, Stackhouse and Dampier. If the Suns still decides to play full strength the Rockets needs to play at their best to get the win at all cost. The Jazz have an easy schedule against the Blazers tonight and facing them for the clincher(if the Rockets lose tonight) on wednesday would favor the Jazz gaining the home court advantage. If the Rockets shoots well just like their saturday performance they'll win tonights game. Yao's effectiveness would be the barometer. Whoever dictate the tempo wins. Go Rockets !!!! Go Blazers!!!!