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The Hornets have a tough road ahead of them as they try to make a playoff push.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

What: Charlotte Hornets (30-36) at Houston Rockets (41-25)

When: 8:00 EDT

Where: Toyota Center; Houston, TX

How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBATV, NBA League Pass

The Hornets currently sit just one game outside of the playoff picture, and they still have one game left against each of the two teams sitting between them and a playoff berth. They control their own destiny, but it won’t be easy.

The Hornets travel to Houston to take on a scorching hot Rockets team. The Rockets have won eight games in a row, including road wins over the Warriors, Raptors, and Celtics. Chris Paul and the Rockets bench have been the catalyst for that run while James Harden tries to shoot himself out of the most absurd slump you’ve probably ever seen.

During this eight game winning streak, Harden is averaging 34.9 points, 5.6 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game, but he’s taking 27 shots per game to get those numbers. In this stretch, he’s shot 40.5% from the field and 26.1% on 13 3-point attempts per game. The Rockets have been 9.4 points per 100 possessions worse with him on the floor during their win streak.

Chris Paul hasn’t shot the ball well either during the win streak, but he is the point man for a strong Rockets defense and he knows how to orchestrate an efficient offense.

The Hornets lost the first meeting between these two teams in a hard fought game that was undone by a typical Hornets second half unraveling. The Hornets need to find a way to avoid those catastrophic second half runs if they’re going to make any hay in their playoff push.