Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 1/6/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+1.5)
The Houston Rockets (2-3) travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday where they'll take on the Indiana Pacers (5-2). The odds on this contest have Indiana as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 226.
The Houston Rockets faced the Dallas Mavericks and took a loss by a score of 113-100 in their last contest. Houston wrapped up the contest having earned a 39.0% FG percentage (30 out of 77) and made 11 of their 40 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Rockets knocked down 29 of 36 attempts for a percentage of 80.6%. In reference to rebounding, they earned a total of 35 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 17 assists in this matchup in addition to having 5 steals and 4 rejections. Concerning defense, Houston allowed 47.6% from the floor on 39 of 82 shooting. Dallas totaled 24 assists and had 4 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Mavericks had 51 rebounds (10 offensive, 41 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Dallas finished 95.0% from the charity stripe by converting 19 of 20 tries. They made 16 of 39 tries from three-point range.
Christian Wood is a guy who was a major contributor for the game. He totaled 23 points on 8 out of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 32:44 mins played and snagged 7 boards. Wood finished the contest at 53.3% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Rockets was James Harden. He totaled 3 rebounds and also had 10 assists. He finished the contest at 29.4% from the field for this game by shooting 5-of-17 (21 points). When this game wrapped up, Harden played 38:28 minutes.
Houston will play this game with a record of 2-3 for the year. They are turning it over 15.2 times per game and as a group they commit 20.4 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Houston is pulling in 41.6 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 110 assists for the campaign, which ranks 30th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Rockets are connecting on 33.5% on three-point attempts (64 of 191) and 77.0% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 112.2 points per contest (12th in the NBA) while hitting 46.8% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Rockets are forcing their opponents into 15.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 22.2 personal fouls. They are 1st in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 116 conceded for the campaign. The Rockets defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.4% (212 of 457) and they surrender 48.0 rebounds per contest as a squad. They surrender 39.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 22nd in the league in points per game from their opponents (115.6).
When they last played, the Indiana Pacers walked away with a victory by a final of 118-116 when they played the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pacers were able to pull down 37 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 42 in this game. They also turned away 8 shots while getting 10 steals in the game. The Pelicans were called for 20 personal fouls in this contest which took the Pacers to the charity stripe for 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throw tries for a clip of 69.2%. In regard to shooting from distance, Indiana made 19 of their 45 tries (42.2%). Overall, the Pacers finished 45 out of 93 from the field which had them shooting 48.4%. The Pacers allowed the Pelicans to knock down 44 of their 101 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 43.6% for the contest. They finished 33.3% from 3-point land by going 9 of 27 and ended up shooting 19 out of 24 at the free throw line (79.2%). With respect to team rebounding, Indiana permitted New Orleans to pull down 57 in total (16 on the offensive side).
Victor Oladipo was important for the Pacers in the game. He made 8 out of 17 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 47.1%, which gave him 25 points. Oladipo grabbed 5 boards in his 35:58 mins of time on the court and had 6 assists for this game. Someone else who came through for Indiana was Malcolm Brogdon. He scored 21 points in his 45:45 minutes on the hardwood via 8 out of 18 from the floor in the game. Brogdon walked away from this one going 44.4% from the field as well as contributing 11 assists and 7 boards.
Indiana has a win-loss record of 5-2 for the season. The Pacers are responsible for committing 23.6 personal fouls every game and they go 74.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 27.7 times per contest (4th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.9 times per game. Indiana has scored 804 points for the season (114.9 per game) and they snag 41.4 boards per game. As an offense, the Pacers are shooting 49.3% from the field, which is ranked 3rd in the league. The Pacers are ranked 11th in basketball in PPG given up with 108.1. The Indiana defense allows 41.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (79 of 189) and their opponents are connecting on 74.1% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 23.0 assists and 45.0 rebounds per game, which is ranked 11th and 16th in basketball. They are able to force 17.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.9% from the field (17th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (+1.5)
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