NBA Picks: Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets

Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets
Wednesday, 3/27/13, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  CSH
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The Indiana Pacers are 4-7 SU on the road against Western Conference opponents

Indiana has won four of its last five games, including a 100-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as 6.5-point home favorites Monday, while going OVER the posted total for the first time in four contests.  The Pacers played that particular affair without the services of four key players, but they could get Lance Stephenson and David West back on the floor in this matchup.  “I feel good about our depth,” commented Pacers coach Frank Vogel.  The team is 15-19 overall on the road, including a 4-7 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread.

The Pacers have won six of their last eight games against the Rockets, including a 105-95 victory over the Houston Rockets as 4.5-point home favorites on Jan. 18, while going OVER the posted total of 195.  Offensively, the team is averaging 99.4 points over its last 19 games, which is far better than its 92.6 during its first 52 games.  On the other end, Indiana leads the league in holding foes to 41.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 32.2 from beyond the arc.

Houston is 5-1 on its current seven-game homestand, as it picked up a 96-95 victory over the San Antonio Spurs as 1.5-point underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the total for a sixth consecutive contest.  “We’re growing,” commented Rockets guard James Harden.  He is averaging a team-high 26.3 points per game—leading a group of four starters that score in double figures.  The squad is 25-10 overall at the Toyota Center, including an 11-2 mark versus Eastern Conference foes.  Houston is 8-3 ATS off an upset win as an underdog, which can’t be overlooked when looking over the NBA betting lines Wednesday.

The Rockets are a season-best eight games over .500 on the season, as they continue to lead the league in scoring, averaging 106.4 points per game.  Houston’s last 11 home wins have come by an average of 17.5 points, while it has gone 22-13 ATS in front of its fans on the season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Rockets due to their 9-4 ATS mark when playing on two days rest, while the Pacers are 0-6 ATS versus winning teams.

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