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Predictions For Rockets Pacers Betting – Pacers Have The Look Of A Playoff Team

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/16/2013 6:17:32 PM

The Indiana Pacers are still without their best and most natural scorer, forward Danny Granger. They don't seem to be negatively affected by that reality at the moment.

Houston Rockets @ Indiana Pacers – Friday, January 18    
Sport betting line: No line

Why Houston Will Win

This is not high-stakes poker, but NBA basketball can feel like it at times, and right now, the Rockets are not being dealt the best set of cards. Houston has been roughed up this past week, losing four straight games and taking a tumble in the Western Conference standings, to the extent that the Rockets are no longer particularly secure in the playoff chase.

Utah is a few games from overtaking Houston and knocking the Rockets out of playoff position. Yet, Houston has already shown a measure of resilience this season. The Rockets have scored not just victories, but decisive ones, on the road in the Eastern Conference, thumping the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls away from the state of Texas.

This is a team with the backcourt weapons – James Harden and Jeremy Lin – that can ignite at any time, giving the Rockets the kind of potency that can overwhelm the Pacers' hard-nosed and well-schooled defense. The other thing to keep in mind about this game is simply that Indiana is due to lose a few more games.

The Pacers are playing above their pay grade right now, given that Danny Granger is still not due to join the team for awhile. So many guys are carrying the load in Granger's absence, and amidst the grind of an NBA season, there will be a night or two when the shots just don't drop and the psychology of competition just doesn't emerge as fully as it normally does. Houston definitely has an opening here on the road in Indianapolis.

Why Indiana Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they won't have to come up with overly complex reasons for a Pacer victory: Simply stated, Indiana is on fire. The Pacers have lost only four times in the past five weeks. They are playing the best defense in the whole NBA, and while the point might be debatable, it is a hard argument to defeat. The Pacers have become hard to defeat as well.

Look at what coach Frank Vogel has done with his shorthanded team. The Pacers held Phoenix to 91 points on Dec. 28. They held Memphis to 83 on Dec. 31. They held Washington to 81 on Jan. 2. They just aren't letting up at the defensive end of the floor. In the month of January alone, they have allowed 77 points to the Miami Heat, 80 to the Milwaukee Bucks, 76 to the New York Knicks, 88 to the Charlotte Bobcats, and then 76 to the Bobcats in a return engagement. Only Boston (94 points) and Brooklyn (97) have been able to hit or surpass 90 points against the Pacers' defense.

Who Will Win

This is a close call, but the sense here is that the Pacers' defense will get the stops it needs to get, and when it needs to get them. Indiana is playing too well on defense to lose here.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Indiana


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