The Indiana Pacers were viewed as one of the likeliest teams to make a move at last week’s trade deadline, but team president Larry Bird opted to stand pat and the team is still struggling as a result. The Pacers, who have dropped eight of their last nine, will look to put forth a better effort when they visit the surging Houston Rockets on Monday. Oddsmakers initially set the Pacers as 10-point underdogs with an OVER/UNDER of 231.5.
– Shark Bites
- The visiting team is 1-6 SU and ATS in its last seven games in this matchup.
- The total has gone UNDER in five of the Rockets’ last six games against teams with winning records.
- The Pacers are 1-7 SU in their last eight games.
Indy snapped a six-game slide with a 102-92 win over Memphis after the all-star break but the Pacers returned to their slumping ways in a 113-95 setback at Miami to begin a five-game road trip. Superstar Paul George was ejected in the second quarter of that game, and his absence was extremely evident.
Houston’s acquisition of sixth man Lou Williams is looking like one of the best moves of the deadline so far. The 30-year-old is averaging 22 points off the bench in his first two contests with his new team and is a combined 9-for-18 from downtown in that span. The Rockets have made at least 20 3-pointers in an NBA-record eight games this year.
The OVER has been the hot bet at Toyota Center lately, as each of the Rockets’ last five at home has gone above the closing total.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Houston Rockets opened as -9.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 228 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.
Odds – Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 118-100 win for the Rockets on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Houston Rockets are 42-18 so far on the NBA season, and 34-26 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Indiana Pacers, meanwhile, are 30-29 and 26-33 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 32-27-1 and the Pacers go 30-29 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Indiana injuries news.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Houston Rockets rated this week at No. 5 and the Indiana Pacers sitting at No. 24.
Offensively the game matches up Houston’s No. 2-ranked offense (115.15 PPG) against a Indiana Pacers defense that ranks No. 21 at 106.27 PPG. The Houston Rockets have averaged 46.57% from the field per game, more than the Indiana Pacers have managed so far this NBA season (46.52% on average).
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Indiana got 18 points from Myles Turner but lost anyway 113-95 against the Heat on Saturday at American Airlines Arena.
James Harden scored 24 points and chipped in with 10 assists for Houston on Saturday, leading the Rockets to a 142-130 victory over Minnesota at Toyota Center.
- Houston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games
- Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Indiana at San Antonio, Wednesday, March 1st
Houston at Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 1st