Rockets vs Pacers Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/26

Rockets vs Pacers Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/26

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Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets Preview and Prediction - KingPin Pro

Houston, TX; December 26, 2023, 6:00 p.m. CST

Spread: HOU -2.5
Over/Under: 237.5

Introduction

The Houston Rockets, known for their strong home performances, take on the Indiana Pacers on December 26, 2023, at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. With a favorable spread of -2.5 points, the Rockets aim to capitalize on their home-court advantage against the Pacers, who have struggled on the road. This preview covers team analyses, player performances, injuries, and a detailed prediction..

The Pacers, currently at .500, face a challenging task on the road against the Rockets.

 

Team Analysis

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers, currently eighth in the Eastern Conference, rely on the scoring prowess of Tyrese Haliburton. With a record of 14-14, the Pacers face a tough test against the Rockets on the road.

Player Spotlight: Tyrese Haliburton

Tyrese Haliburton leads the Pacers in points per game with an impressive average of 24.5. His efficient shooting, with a 50.0% field goal percentage, is crucial for the Pacers' offensive strategy.

 

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets, sitting at the eighth spot in the Western Conference, have a strong home record of 12-2. Anchored by the performance of Alperen Sengun, the Rockets are a formidable opponent at the Toyota Center.

Player Spotlight: Alperen Sengun

Alperen Sengun, averaging 20.4 points per game and a 53.3% field goal percentage, is a key player for the Rockets. His contributions, especially at home, make the Rockets a challenging team to beat.

 

 

Injuries

Bruce Brown is listed as a game-time decision for the Pacers, while Reggie Bullock Jr. and Tari Eason are game-time decisions for the Rockets. Victor Oladipo is expected to be out until December 27.

 

Recent Performances

In their last five games, the Pacers have faced challenges, with only one victory and a recent 117-110 loss to the Orlando Magic on December 23, 2023. Meanwhile, the Rockets secured two wins in their last five games, including a close 106-104 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on December 23, 2023.

 

Prediction

The Houston Rockets, known for their resilience at home, hold a significant advantage in this matchup. With the Pacers struggling on the road, the Rockets are poised to capitalize on their home-court strength and secure a win. The spread of -2.5 points is reasonable considering the Rockets' home dominance.

Expect the Rockets to control the game and cover the spread, showcasing their ability to secure victories at the Toyota Center.

Pick: Houston Rockets -2.5

 

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