Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers: NBA Betting Odds and Picks

Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers
Friday, 12/20/13, 8:00 PM EST
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The Indiana Pacers have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season
The Indiana Pacers have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season

Houston has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it comes off a 109-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls as eight-point home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  The Rockets have three players averaging in double figures, with shooting guard James Harden leading the way at 24.4 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks.  The franchise has split its 12 road games, but it has only split a pair versus Eastern Conference foes.  Houston is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games versus Central division members.

The Rockets have dropped three games in a row against the Pacers, while the OVER cashed in two of those opportunities.  Houston is 8-2 SU in games it shoots .500 or better from the field, but that number is going to be hard to reach against one of the best defensive teams in the league.  The squad did manage to match its season high for points in the paint in outscoring Chicago to the tune of 66-40 in that all-important statistical category.

Indiana has dropped back-to-back games for the first time during the 2013-14 campaign, including a 97-94 defeat to the Miami Heat as four-point road underdogs Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  The Pacers have all five probable starters averaging in double figures, with forward Paul George leading the way at 23.8 points a contest.  The team has gone 11-1 SU at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  Indiana is 28-10 ATS in its last 38 games following a SU loss.

The Pacers are third in the league in allowing just 36.1 points per game in the paint, which is directly reflected in the fact they’ve blocked 156 shots.  Despite averaging just 97.6 points per game, Indiana is outscoring its opponents by 7.4 points a game.  Defensively, the team is allowing the second fewest fast-break points, while leading everyone in allowing opponents to shoot 41.5 percent from the field.

Sports bettors will likely back the Pacers due to their 6-1 ATS mark in their last seven home games against the Rockets.

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