Pacers at Rockets Preview: The No.19 ranked Pacers will take on the No.29 Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. The Rockets fell to the Pacers in their first meeting this season. Pacers Malcolm Brogdon put on a show with 35 points and for Houston, John put up 28 points.
The Pacers are 25-28 and are ninth in the Eastern Conference which means they are in contention for the play-in tournament and could end their regular season on a good note.
The Rockets are having a terrible season with a record of 14-40. They are only half a game from being last in the Western Conference and the league.
Inside the Pacers
The Pacers this season have been inconsistent this season and hit by the injury bug keeping them out of the top six in the East. The Pacers were on a three-game win streak before falling to the LA Clippers last night 126-115. Even though they lost the Pacers trio put solid numbers.
Brogdon had 29 points and five rebounds, Domantas Sabonis dropped 20 points and picked up thirteen rebounds, and Caris LeVert had 26 points and six assists. LeVert has been done very well in his last two games dropping 60 points for the Pacers.
On the season LeVert is averaging 17.7 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.4 rebounds in 32.8 minutes of floor time. He has a shot percentage of 43.2% and 32% behind the arc.
Inside the Rockets
The Rockets season has been a terrible one and continues to be terrible. Houston is coming into this matchup on a three-game losing streak and has lost eight of their last ten games. In their last matchup, they lost to a solid Suns squad.
Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. put up a combined 47 points, 20 rebounds, and 17 assists but that couldn’t push the Rockets past the Suns. Christian Wood is the only positive light on the Houston Rockets team.
The former Piston was having a great season until he was benched due to a knee injury. When he returned to the court his playmaking reduced but he still shows spurts of greatness. Against the Suns he had 25 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists in 34 minutes.
Odds and Prediction
- Indiana -4.5 (-111)
- Houston +4.5 (-110)
- O: -114
- U: -110
- Indiana -192
- Houston +160
The Indiana Pacer have played well and shown improvement in their last several games. Brogdon, LeVert, and Sabonis should be able to take care of the abysmal Rockets with ease.
John Wall and the Rockets are going to have an upstream battle on their hands as the No. 9 Pacers are basically at the top of their game this season. The Pacers are going to take the W.