2014 NBA schedule: Trail Blazers try to keep Rockets from blasting off

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In the midst of a Texas road trip, Portland will try and put an end to the Rockets' four-game winning streak.

Sunday's slate of games in the NBA are sure to keep you satisfied as some of the best teams go head-to-head throughout the day. We've got it all, from Eastern Conference rivalries to offensive showdowns out West, check out which games will keep you coming back for seconds (or thirds).

Amuse-bouche: Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls

1 p.m. ET (ABC)

Miami has lost their last two games, albeit to high-level Western Conference competition. LeBron James put up 61 points in a winning effort against the Bobcats on Monday, a career-high for the masked man. The Heat put a 93-79 beatdown on Chicago the last time they met back on Feb. 23, but only lead the season series 2-1. The Bulls have been led by Joakim Noah, who is averaging an impressive 12 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8 assists per-game in the month of March. He plays even better against Miami, so look for this one to be close.

Appetizer: Indiana Pacers vs. Dallas Mavericks

7:30 p.m. ET (League Pass)

The Pacers have lost three games in a row and need to find themselves as they push toward the month of April. Roy Hibbert hasn't been his normal self, posting averages of 8.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2 blocks per-game in the month of March; well below his season averages. The staunch Indiana defense has allowed an average of 106.3 points per-game in their last three outings, and they'll need to muster all they can against the Mavericks' top-flight offense.

Dallas, meanwhile, is trying to catch its breath after a panic-inducing collapse against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. After blowing a 30-point lead, it took an ill-advised and-1 floater from Devin Harris to win the game with less than 30 seconds left. The Mavericks had lost three games in a row prior to that, and need to find themselves competing against the tougher competition in their schedule rather than simply blowing through the cupcakes.

Main Course: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets

7 p.m. ET (League Pass)

Portland will be doing everything they can to make sure they don't get swept as they move through their Texas road trip. After losing to the Mavericks on Friday, the Blazers will look to rebound in Houston as they try and find their offense again. Dallas turned up the pressure against Portland in an effort to stop the Blazers' three-point shooting, and it worked like a charm until LaMarcus Aldridge took over in the third quarter. If the Rockets can bring some semblance of pressure, they should be able to get the boys from Rip City off their game.

For the Rockets, they will try to extend their winning streak to five games with a win at the Toyota Center. James Harden has been basically unstoppable in the last 10 games, posting averages of 28.7 points, 7.3 assists and 1.9 steals per-game. Oh, and he's shooting a measly 52 percent from the field. Houston appears to have tightened up their defense, and they have had great success against the Blazers this season. If everything goes their way, they might just run the Blazers out of the gym.

Dessert: Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors

9 p.m. ET (NBATV)

This one should be a succulent treat to cap off the night. Phoenix is a legitimate playoff team that shouldn't take any reasonable basketball fan by surprise at this point in the season. The Suns took down the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma on Thursday, and the emergence of Gerald Green, Markieff Morris and Goran Dragic has been a pleasure to watch all year. The Suns will need to concentrate on moving the ball against the Warriors, as the uniting factor in their last four losses has been a negative disparity in assists.

Golden State is in the middle of a three-game winning streak, kicked off on Tuesday with a two-point win against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Warriors offense appears to be back in full swing, with a shared load between the starters and reasonable bench production leading the way. Jermaine O'Neal has turned a few heads in his 17th season, putting in meaningful minutes in the post for a frontline that has a propensity for injury. Both teams have weapons on both side of the ball, which should make for a fun game.

Other Games:

All times ET

Thunder vs. Lakers, 3:30 p.m.

Nuggets vs. Pelicans, 6 p.m.

Pistons vs. Celtics, 6 p.m.

Kings vs. Nets, 6 p.m.

Raptors vs. Timberwolves, 7 p.m.

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