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NBA Playoff Preview - Houston vs. Portland

(SportsNetwork.com) - Offense will be at a premium when the Houston Rockets take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the quarterfinals of the Western Conference playoffs.The Rockets are the NBA's second-ranked offense at 107.7 ppg, followed by the Trail Blazers, who are fourth with 106.9 ppg.Houston secured the home-court advantage with a win on Monday against the NBA's best, the San Antonio Spurs."We fought hard for it. It took a little longer than I hoped but we knew we had to get 54 wins and we got there with one to spare," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale.The matchup between the two squads has been decidedly in Houston's favor over the last few seasons. The Rockets have won nine of the last 12 meetings, including three of four this season."It's the West. We don't care who we're going to play, it's going to be tough anyway," said Portland forward Nicolas Batum. "Houston is a good team, a great team. They've got a good group of players. We match up pretty well with them. We've had good g...

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