Who advances if the Nuggets and Rockets meet in the first round?
*If the league goes straight into the playoffs once the league returns.
Adam Mares: Rockets in six
It’s basically impossible to know half of the variables that would impact this question. Are fans allowed into the arena? Are games played on a neutral site, negating home court advantage?
Setting those questions aside, I think what the Houston Rockets do on the basketball court is much easier to figure out and get settled than what the Denver Nuggets do. Houston’s offense is basically an isolation offense with spot up shooters around the three-point line. Role players like PJ Tucker need only figure out the rhythm of their catch and shoot shooting while the lion’s share of the responsibility rests on the talent of Russell Westbrook and James Harden. There is very little timing and chemistry to sort out.
The Nuggets, on the other hand, play a much more balanced style of basketball that is more dependent on chemistry and timing. So if the league jumped right into a playoff, do-or-die series, then I think the advantage would go to the Rockets.