Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 3/9/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+9)
The Indiana Pacers will play the Houston Rockets at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Thursday. Houston opens this matchup as 9-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 228.
The Rockets stepped onto the hardwood against the Nets and took a loss by a final of 118-96 in their last game. When it comes to fouls, the Rockets ended up walking away with 22 and the Nets recorded 21 fouls. They buried 15 out of their 40 tries from long range. Brooklyn finished the contest at 79.3% at the free throw line by making 23 of 29 tries. Furthermore, Brooklyn pulled down 36 boards (5 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 1 block. Brooklyn distributed 23 assists and had 12 steals in the matchup. When it comes to the defense, Houston allowed 49.4% from the field on 40 out of 81 shooting. They also dished out 14 dimes in this game while forcing 12 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected 48 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Rockets made 17 of 24 shots for a percentage of 70.8%. Houston finished the contest with a 43.4% FG percentage (36 out of 83) and buried 7 out of their 26 shots from downtown.
Jalen Green is someone who had an impact for the matchup. Green finished 42.9% from the floor and also recorded 1 assist. He played 37 mins played and collected 2 rebounds. He scored 25 points on 9 of 21 shooting.
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Houston enters this game with a mark of 15-50 on the season. They average 110.0 points per outing (29th in the league) while connecting on 45.3% from the floor. The Rockets are shooting 32.7% from downtown (695 of 2,128) and 75.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Houston is grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game and has totaled 1,465 dimes for the campaign, which is 30th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 16.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 20.6 personal fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Rockets are forcing 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 21.1 personal fouls. They are giving up 37.5% on shots from downtown and they are 27th in the league in PPG from their opponents (118.2). The Rockets defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.9% (2,740 of 5,723) and they concede 41.5 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 18th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,676 surrendered for the year.
When they last played, the Pacers went home defeated by a final of 147-143 when they faced the 76ers. Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Indiana permitted Philadelphia to get 36 in all (5 offensive). They finished 47.1% from 3-point land by going 16 out of 34 and ended up shooting 35 out of 38 at the free throw line (92.1%). The Pacers permitted the 76ers to convert 48 of their 82 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 58.5% in this matchup. In all, the Pacers ended up shooting 53 for 90 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 58.9%. Concerning shots from distance, Indiana made 15 of their 37 attempts (40.5%). They were able to convert 22 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 71.0%. The 76ers committed 26 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Pacers to the free throw line for a total of 31 tries. They also coughed up the ball 9 times, while recording 8 steals in this matchup. The Pacers were able to snag 25 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 30 for this game.
Tyrese Haliburton ended up being a factor for the Pacers for the matchup. Haliburton tallied 40 points in his 37 minutes on the court and added 16 assists in this game. He buried 12 out of 19 in this game for a field goal percentage of 63.2%, and accounted for 3 rebounds.
Indiana has a record of 29-37 for the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Pacers are connecting on 46.4% from the floor, which is 25th in the league. Indiana has accounted for 7,620 pts on the season (115.5 per game) and they collect 41.3 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 26.6 times per game (6th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 14.8 times per contest. The Pacers have committed 21.3 personal fouls per contest and they go 79.3% from the free throw line.
The Pacers defensively are ranked 26th in the league in points allowed per contest with 117.9. They have forced 15.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.9% from the field (24th in the NBA). The Indiana defense allows 37.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (825 of 2,209) and their opponents are converting on 81.0% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 26.3 assists and 45.5 boards per contest, which has them ranked 29th and 27th in basketball.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Indiana (-9) and under 228 points
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