Two teams from different conferences currently on opposite trajectories are clashing today, when the struggling Indiana Pacers (6-7) are hosting the red-hot Houston Rockets (9-3), who want to extend their current lengthy winning streak.
Date/Time: 11-12-2017, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers +3.5
Pacers have a 6-7 record (7-6 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 10th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a four-game losing streak by winning on the road against Chicago with a 105-87 score, beating the odds easily. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 23 ppg, while Thaddeus Young adds 14.6 ppg and 6.1 rebounds per game. Myles Turner follows with 14.5 ppg and a team high 9 rebounds per game.
Rockets have a 9-3 record (6-6 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with Golden State in the first place of the West. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Memphis with a 111-96 score, beating the odds easily. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 30.5 ppg, adding a team high 9.8 assists per game. He is followed by Eric Gordon with 23.1 ppg, while Clint Capela adds 12.8 ppg and a team high 11.1 rebounds per game. Chris Paul is still out due to an injury.
Last season the Pacers won both games against the Rockets, including a 108-117 win in Houston. Pacers are 3-2 at home this season, while Rockets are 6-1 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring 110.5 ppg to Pacers’ 109 and defensively, allowing 103.5 ppg to Pacers’ 108.4. Pacers on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.8% to Rockets’ 45.7% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 38.3% to Rockets’ 34.1%. Rockets are better in rebounding, grabbing 44 to Pacers’ 42.9, while Pacers are better in assists made, with 23.3 to Rockets’ 21.6 and in turnovers committed (14.6 to 16.8). Rockets are one of the best road teams in the league this season and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for another road win.
Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Houston Rockets -3.5 (-110)
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