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2021 NBA Handicapping
(25-27) Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets (14-40)
Date: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers N/A | Rockets N/A
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers N/A
NBA Betting Total: N/A
The Pacers (25-27) will travel south to take on the Houston Rockets (14-404). Indiana is just outside playoff seeding in the 9 spot meanwhile Houston is now tied for the worst record in the NBA.
These teams only met once this season and it took place in Indiana all the way back on January 6th. This game will look very different as Houston has essentially stripped their entire lineup from that point starting with former MVP James Harden. Including Harden only 4 of the 8 players who saw minutes in that matchup will be active in this one as DeMarcus Cousins and PJ Tucker were dealt away and Eric Gordon and Sterling Brown will miss the game due to injury.
Indiana won that game 114-107 as Houston turned the ball over 16 times to the Pacers 9. The 3pt shooting was also a factor as Indiana was a more efficient 9/23 (39.1%) while Houston couldn’t hit their shots and went just 8/30 (26.7%). Malcom Brogdon scored a game high 35 points along with 7 assists in the winning effort.
This will be the first of a three game road trip for Indiana and will playing on back to back nights after welcoming the Clippers to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday. The Pacers sit just outside the current Eastern Conference standings and will need a solid final month to secure a spot.
Indiana won their third straight and their fourth in the last five games as they knocked off Memphis on the road Sunday night. Indiana led nearly wire-to-wire as they had a 14-point lead after the opening quarter and by as many as 18 in the third quarter only to see the Grizzlies charge back within one with 1:06 to play. The Pacers clamped down, scoring the game’s final six points to earn the win. Chris Lavert scored a game high 36 points.
For the year, Indiana is 11th in the league in scoring offense with 113.5 points per game this season. Indiana is 20th in scoring defense as they allow an average of 113.7 points per game on the year.
It’s sad days in Houston as the once finals contending team has fallen all the way down to the worst record in the league. They sit at a miserable 14-40 and are now losers of 30 in their last 33 games overall.
Christian Wood leads the team with 20.9 points plus 9.3 rebounds per game this season. John Wall (20.8 points, 6.8 assists), Kelly Olynyk (11.3 points, 6.4 rebounds) and Eric Gordon (17.8 points) are the other players averaging in double figures.
The Rockets enter this contest 24th in the league with 107.7 points per game on the season. The Rockets are 24th in scoring defense as they give up an average of 114.2 points per game on the year.
Eric Gordon (groin), Sterling Brown (leg), David Nwaba (wrist), House Jr. (Ankle), and Dante Exum (calf) will all miss this contest due to injury.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are 8-5 SU in last 13 games
- Pacers are 5-5 ATS in last 10 games
- Pacers OVERS are 9-5 in last 14 games
- Houston is 3-30 SU in last 33 games
- Houston is 2-8 ATS in last 10 games
- Houston OVERS are 7-4 in last 11 games
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Neither of these teams have had productive seasons and aren’t a threat come playoff time. Indiana has struggled in their small market and have been dealing with recent injuries to some of their better players. Houston finally embraced the rebuild and let go all of their best players for future assets as has been the trend for many lower teams lately.
I’m taking Indiana on the road simply due to how bad the Rockets are and are in no shape physically or mentally to win many more games the rest of this season.
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