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Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets Betting Pick

Time: 9:30 PM EST Friday March 7, 2014, ESPN

Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

The Houston Rockets host the Indiana Pacers in a non-conference match up.

In their last games: The Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 101-89 and the Pacers lost to the Charlotte Bobcats 109-87.

James Harden went for 31 points in the win over the Magic and the Rockets dominated inside scoring 58 points in the paint.

In their loss to the Bobcats the Pacers started the game ice-cold only scoring 8 points in the first quarter. The Pacers have the best defense in the league, but allowed Charlotte to shoot 51.2% from the floor.

Earlier this season at Indiana the Pacers beat the Rockets 114-81.

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The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the Rockets.

In the last 23 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 16 times.

In the Pacers last loss they lost 2 straight for only the 2nd time all season.

The Rockets have won 3 straight and 8 of their last 10 games and the Pacers have lost 2 straight and they are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Houston -4
Total Line: 202
Money Line: Pacers Off / Rockets Off

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Indiana Pacers: 46-15 SU 33-27-1 ATS
Houston Rockets: 42-19 SU 32-27-2 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• IND is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games.
• IND is 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
• IND has an Over record of 6-2-1 in their last 9 overall.
• HOU is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• HOU is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.
• HOU has an Over record of 3-0-1 in their last 4 road games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Indiana Pacers: 95.94
Houston Rockets: 95.38

Key Player Injuries

[G] 03/06/2014 – George Hill injured last game, probable Friday vs. Houston ( Shoulder )
(!)[F] 03/06/2014 – Paul George probable Friday vs. Houston ( Back )
[G] 03/05/2014 – C.J. Watson “?” Friday vs. Houston ( Elbow )

[G] 03/06/2014 – Patrick Beverley injured last game, probable Friday vs. Indiana ( Nose )
[G] 02/20/2014 – Ronnie Brewer out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[F] 01/25/2014 – Greg Smith out indefinitely ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

The Pacers have owned the Rockets winning the last 4 including a 33 point blow out on December 20th this season. Indiana is struggling though losing 2 in a row and shooting well under their season average in 3 straight. Houston is playing good ball now and have been especially sharp at home winning 10 of their last 11. Look for the Rockets to get some payback tonight.
Take the Houston Rockets -4.

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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