“Run as One” at Rockets’ playoff games at Toyota Center & watch parties around Houston

James Harden | Photo courtesy of the Houston Rockets

Don’t miss a minute of action in the Rockets’ first-round playoff matchup at these watch parties and events around Houston.

A franchise-record number of wins and eighty-two games later, the Rockets have glided through a regular season with the best record in the league.

With the regular season done and dusted, the Rockets now embark on a long post-season against the eighth-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves and a loaded roster of Karl Anthony-Towns, Jimmy Butler, and Andrew Wiggins. Lurking in the next round may be a playoff rematch against the Oklahoma City Thunder or a stealthily good Utah Jazz.

We’ve pulled together the important dates to look for in the Rockets’ first-round battle to claim a trophy.

First Round

For home games, you’ll want to be at Toyota Center. Tickets will be hard to come by but you may find hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork resale market.

  • Game 1 | Sunday, April 15 at Houston – 8pm
  • Game 2 | Wednesday, April 18 at Houston – 8:30pm
  • Game 3 | Saturday, April 21 at Minnesota – 6:30pm
  • Game 4 | Monday, April 23 at Minnesota – 7pm
  • Game 5*| Wednesday, April 25 at Houston – TBD
  • Game 6*| Friday, April 27 at Minnesota – TBD
  • Game 7*| Sunday, April 29 at Houston – TBD

*If necessary

Playoff Rockets Viewing Destinations

If you weren’t fast enough to grab a ticket for Toyota Center, you can still #RunAsOne with plenty of spots around town to join up with other fans in pursuit of the NBA championship.

  • Lucky’s Pub – Now into their eleventh year, the pub wedged between BBVA Compass Stadium and Downtown has become the de facto headquarters for any of Houston’s post-season dreams. Just blocks away from Toyota Center, this will make for a popular pre- and post-game visit.
  • 8th Wonder Brewery – Nearby, the brewery full of H-town pride will have their doors open for fans dropping by before the game or those that couldn’t snag a ticket. Their Rocket Fuel Porter and Dream Shake Stout should pair excellently with a Rockets win during the playoffs.
  • Little Woodrow’s – With locations from the Heights to Midtown and Rice Village, there’s bound to be a Woodrow’s near you. This might be one of the more enticing spots for Game 1 on Sunday, as their afternoon crawfish boil promises plenty of food before tip-off.
  • Ladybird’s Bar – Drink specials and food trucks are what’s on tap at this Washington Avenue hometown bar, where you’ll be able to keep an eye on Astros games just as much as the Rockets’ first round matchup.
  • The Gorgeous Gael – Located in Rice Village, Gorgeous Gael is ramping up for a deep Rockets playoff run, with game specials, giveaways and more! Keep an eye on their social media for specific game information.
  • Diablo Loco – On the west side of town off Richmond Avenue, Diablo Loco is offering $3 frozen margaritas, $3 domestics, and $3 fireballs from 4pm to midnight during Rockets playoff games.
  • Volcano Room – Seabrook’s Volcano Room is giving away over $250 in El Tiempo Cantina gift cards, as well as shot specials, free arcades, and a 110-inch HD projection. Their Rockets watch party kicks off at 5pm, a few hours ahead of tip, so get there early to grab a seat.
  • Your Pie Houston – Indulge in unlimited pizza for $15 during all Rockets playoff games, plus toss back $3 Bud Light pints and $5 Saint Arnold pints. There will also be a Rockets Rave Shootout, where you might win free pizza for one year.
  • Gridiron Sports Bar & Grill – Dollar hot dogs and $7.25 for domestics and fireball shots highlight gameday specials at this Sugar Land sports bar, complete with a full menu of burgers, wings and more.

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