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2020 NBA Handicapping (Orlando Restart)
(43-28) Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets (44-26)
Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Arena | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers +8.5 | Rockets -8.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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Of the four games occurring on Wednesday, the match between the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets has the most at stake in terms of playoff seeding.
The Rockets won the initial meeting between the clubs 111-102 on November 15th and hold a five-game win streak on Indiana.
The Pacers are in a dog fight with the Miami Heat for the fourth seed. Although home court doesn’t mean anything in the bubble — pride does).
Indiana is also trying to hold off the Philadelphia 76ers from overtaking them. If they fall to sixth they’ll have to play the Boston Celtics.
In the first of two games the Pacers play the Heat this week they failed and the much-hyped T.J. Warren versus Jimmy Butler battle sort of became a dud.
Warren scored 12 points in the first half but the Heat held him scoreless in the second half. The big question is whether the Pacers want to meet Miami or Boston as they could effectively decide to throw the last three games.
Granted, the 76ers trail them by a full game so they would need help from Philly who didn’t play their top three healthy stars in their last match.
The Pacers are beat up with each of T.J. Warren (foot), Malcolm Brogdon (neck), Myles Turner (neck) and Victor Oladipo (ankle) nursing bumps and bruises. Warren is listed as out while the other three are questionable.
Although the Rockets are sitting in the fourth seed they trail the Nuggets by 1.5 games for third and are closely trailed by the Thunder (1.0 games) and the Jazz (1.5 games).
With two games remaining and depending on what their cohorts do in their matches the Rockets could finish in three different playoff spots.
Houston didn’t help their own cause to move up with a 20 plus point loss to the Spurs on Tuesday. It was the front side of their back-to-back set that witnessed Russell Westbrook (20 points) suit up and lead scoring while James Harden sat.
The reverse will be true for this meeting as Harden returns and Westbrook sits. With the NBA announcing there will be awards given for the bubble performances expect Harden to gun for a big scoring night.
The other news is the Rockets expect Eric Gordon to return after missing all the seeded games due to a bad ankle injury.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-2 in IND last 9 vs. Western Conference.
- IND are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Although both teams have something to play for, injuries are mounting and the Pacers, in particular, could be missing several core players. Both teams sport a 4-2 record in the bubble.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets -8.5
Not knowing if the Pacers will have Brogdon, Turner or Oladipo makes it hard to pick them in this match. I’m taking the Rockets to cover but if that trio suits up it’ll be a closer match.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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