Rockets vs Pacers Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/26
- Lm Tipster
- Dec 26, 2023, 5:31:31 AM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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