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2021 NBA Handicapping
(10-22) Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers (13-19)
Date: Thursday, December 23rd, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
NBA Moneyline Odds: Rockets +305 | Pacers -375 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets +9.5 / Pacers -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 221
The Houston Rockets will be on the road to take on the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, December 23rd.
The tip-off is set for 7:00 ET from Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Houston started off as an 8.5 point favorite and that number is now up to 9.5. The total has gone from 219 to 221.
The Rockets have not had a very good season so far. I cannot that I am all that surprised by that, however.
This is a team that has lost three of their last four games. They will look to get back on track when they face this Pacers team.
Even though this team has not done a ton of winning, it has not been all bad. They do have some talent on this team and they will just need to get more developed in the future years for this team to be competitive again.
To me, this group is going to have to add a few more high-level players if they want to be on the same level as some of the elite teams. As of now, they do not have enough pieces to win at a consistent level.
Houston lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday by a score of 126-106. They will need to put that loss behind them and move on to the Pacers.
When you allow over 120 points in a game, it is very hard to get the win. With that said, slowing down a very good offense in the Bucks is no easy thing to do.
I have not been all that impressed with the way this Pacers team has played so far this year. I do not feel they are playing up to their potential.
Indiana has a record of 13-19, which puts them in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. It is going to be hard for them to dig their way out of that hole.
I do not feel this team is devoid of talent, but they clearly do not have the chemistry on the court to win at a consistent level.
Indiana lost to the Miami Heat Tuesday by a score of 125-96. It is going to be hard for them to play any worse than they did in that game on Thursday.
Listen, I get that the Heat are a good team, but if you are the Pacers, you cannot lose by that much to them. You have to be at least a little more competitive.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The Rockets are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games this season.
- The Pacers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing as the favorite.
- The total has gone under in 9 of Indiana’s last 13 games.
Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Analysis:
I am interested to see how the Rockets play on the second night of a back-to-back. They will need to flush their loss against the Bucks on Wednesday.
Houston and Indiana need to play better than they did in their last games because they both did not play at a very high level. In a long season, you cannot let a few bad totally get to you.
Just because the Rockets are not a great team, does not mean the Pacers can take them for granted. As we know in the NBA, sports in general, the best team does not always win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets ATS
The Rockets have not been great ATS as of late, but they have still been pretty good in that category overall. I look for them to get back on track in terms of covering on Thursday night.
In this situation, the 9.5 is just too high for me to lay with the Pacers. They may win the game, but I can see Houston keeping it within that number.
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