NBA Basketball - Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets (-11, 192) 9:30 PM EST
The Pacers eleven game losing streak is over with thier win over Atlanta 113-90, now Indiana will try to make it two in a row for the first time since the All-Star break. Even after executing their largest scoring margin victory of the season, a trip to Houston is a daunting task.
Coach Rick Carlisle is being reported on the verge of being fired according to the Indianapolis Star, if his team fails to make the playoffs. His downfall may or may not occur this season, but his role in wanting to acquire the players from Golden State would be interesting to know, since this will be what brings him down eventually.
Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy are playing pretty much like they did in Golden State, which is why the Warriors never sniffed the playoffs. Since the break, the Pacers are way off the pace, burying bettors with 2-7-3 ATS record.
With each passing game Yao Ming is feeling more comfortable and the Rockets are soaring. Houston has now won six of seven, with only one game decided by single digits. In fact the last win was incredible, beating Philadelphia by 50 points on there home floor, easily the largest margin of victory by Houston on the road in franchise history.
The defense is a constant for Jeff Van Gundy teamís, it has been hot offense that has been making the difference. Houston has scored 100 or more points in 6 of 7 outings, their best stretch of the season, easily explaining 5-2 ATS record.
With all the double digits wins, it makes sense the Rockets would be a 10-point favorite over an inferior opponent according to sportsbook.com.
Point guard Rafer Alston is playing great and Tracy McGrady is playing at his usual high level. With Houston scoring more like Phoenix it should be noted they are perfect 9-0 ATS after two straight games where they attempted 90 or more shots in the last eleven years.
Indiana has two trends at least from a wagering perspective in their favor in this TNT televised match-up, rest and history. The Pacers are 11-3 ATS when playing with 2 days rest this season. Additionally, they have played well in Houston with 7-2 ATS mark.
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