March 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM #49935
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2013 NBA Basketball Betting
The Houston Rockets are on a steady upward trajectory as the month of March winds down, while the Indiana Pacers would like to attain a greater level of consistency.
Indiana Pacers @ Houston Rockets – Wednesday, March 27
Online sports betting line: No line
Why Indiana Will Win
No matter which bookiesyou trust, a realistic and thoughtful sport betting perspective will certainly enable you to pick the Pacers in this contest. On a broader level, the Pacers are up-and-down, but in a more immediate context, they haven’t been playing that poorly. Indiana has won three of its last four games, the only loss coming at Chicago by a narrow three-point margin in what was the second end of a back-to-back set. In Indiana’s three previous games, it steamrolled the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, and Milwaukee Bucks by an average of 22.3 points per game. The Chicago loss can be allowed to be seen as a blip on the radar screen. There does seem to be a bit more urgency in the Indiana locker room these days. Struggles earlier in the month of March enabled coach Frank Vogel to remind his team of the importance of outdueling the New York Knicks for the second seed in the Eastern Conference and homecourt advantage in a potential second-round series between the two teams. Indiana has a lot to play for, while Houston – now snugly in the seventh spot in the Western Conference – could be vulnerable to a bit of a letdown, having cemented its place in the postseason after being on the outside looking in for a number of months.
Why Houston Will Win
When consulting betonline reviews, you can make a case for the Rockets in this game, and it boils down to the fact that their best and most explosive player, James Harden, is feeling quite confident at the moment. Harden’s jump shot with 4.5 seconds left in regulation felled the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday evening, 96-95. The Rockets’ ability to beat the team with the best record in the Western Conference should give them a lot of belief and energy in the weeks to come, and this challenge against the formidable Pacers should now become a competition the Rockets feel they can win. What was particularly impressive about Houston’s victory over San Antonio is that Houston had trailed, 93-89 and then 95-92, in the final 90 seconds, only to bounce back and make winning plays with no margin for error. When a team shows that level of resilience against an excellent opponent, it can know that it can deliver the goods under pressure. In what should be a close game, the Rockets – playing at home – have to like their chances.
Who Will Win
It’s quite possible that Indiana will grab this game in Texas, but Houston appears to be very focused, playing with the right mindset and, more particularly, a great blend of concentration and relaxation. Take the Rockets in this tilt.
Read more on the latest sportsbook odds for NBA basketball in 2013.
NBA Betting Pick: Houston
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