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(2-3) Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers (5-2)
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers -119
NBA Betting Odds: Packers -2
NBA Betting Total: O/U 227
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The Rockets’ two-game winning streak came to an end Monday against the Mavericks, 113–100 the final.
James Harden returned from missing a game with an injury but did not shoot well. Christian Wood led Houston with 23 points and Eric Gordon had 20 off the bench.
Luka Doncic had a 33 point, 16 rebound, 11 assist triple-double and Tim Hardaway Jr. backed him up with 30 points on 8-for-10 from three. Dallas is tough to beat when it gets a hot performance from someone other than Doncic.
DeMarcus Cousins played but was ejected after playing less than three minutes. He was hit with two technical fouls, neither of which were particularly egregious. He will be back in this game.
Houston has not won on the road yet this season after dropping the first two games away from the Toyota Center to the Blazers and Nuggets.
The Pacers are alone at the top of the Eastern Conference’s Central Division after a two-point win over the Pelicans in overtime Monday, 118–116.
Malcolm Brogdon hit the game-winning runner in the lane and finished with 21 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Victor Oladipo led the way with 25 points. Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner had 19 and 17 points, respectively.
Indiana also won the turnover battle by four, which it has been doing with regularity. Based on per game averages, Indiana is +3.2 against opponents this season.
TJ Warren hurt himself last week and will be out for a prolonged stretch of time. It will hurt Indiana’s offensive firepower but perhaps make the Pacers more formidable on defense.
If Oladipo can stay healthy and continue to build confidence back as a scorer, the Pacers should be just fine with him, Sabonis and Brogdon to do the bulk of the scoring.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-0 in HOU last 8 vs. NBA Central.
- Under is 10-2 in HOU last 12 Wed. games.
- HOU are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Over is 8-1 in IND last 9 vs. NBA Southwest.
- IND are 14-3-1 ATS in their last 18 Wed. games.
- Under is 6-2 in IND last 8 home games.
- Head to Head: Under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
- Head to Head: Favorite is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction: Pacers win.
Indiana is the better team here. It has plenty of bodies to throw at Harden, including both Holiday brothers.
Oladipo and Brogdon are also both capable of playing good on-ball defense against The Beard. Turner and Sabonis will matchup well with Cousins and Wood.
Indiana’s strength is that it can matchup with various opponents better than most. It should win the turnover battle this time too.
At home the Pacers ought to be four or five-point favorites.
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