Pacers vs Rockets Prediction - NBA Picks 12/26/23

Houston Rockets (15-12) vs Indiana Pacers (14-15)

Game Info: Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets -3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Indiana Pacers invade the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Here’s a Pacers vs Rockets Prediction.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have been in a major slump as they’ve lost seven of their last nine games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting beaten by the Magic in a 117-110 loss on Saturday. Tyrese Haliburton led the team with 29 points and 15 assists, Myles Turner added 24 points with seven rebounds and four blocks on nine of 11 shooting while Buddy Hield chipped in with 20 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 52 percent from the field and 15 of 34 from the 3-point line as they dominated the third quarter by 33-20 to erase an early 15-point deficit, only to go cold and sccore just 18 points in the fourth quarter to let the Magic off the hook in the end. Bennedict Mathurin had a quiet game of just two points on one of five shooting off the bench.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (12.2) this season.
  • Myles Turner ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (2.2) this season.

Houston Rockets

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in great form as they’ve won seven of their last nine games overall and they will be aiming for a third straight win after sneaking past the Pelicans in a 106-104 road win on Saturday. Alperen Sengun led the team with 37 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Jabari Smith Jr added 26 points and 11 rebounds on 10 of 14 shooting while Fred VanVleet chipped in with just 10 points on three of 11 shooting from the field. As a team, the Rockets shot 42 percent from the field and nine of 29 from the 3-point line as they wrestled with the Pelicans in a close game until Sengun and Smith Jr scored the team’s final five points to sneak over the line in the end.

Houston Rockets Player Facts

  • Fred VanVleet ranks 5th amongst qualified players for assists per game (8.6) this season.
  • Alperen Sengun is one of only 11 qualified players in the league averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Rockets rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.1).
  • The Rockets rank 1st in the league for opponent field goal percentage this season (44.0%).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (126.5).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.6).

Pacers vs Rockets Prediction

The Pacers could be a little shorthanded here with Bruce Brown listed as questionable, while the Rockets have listed Tari Eason and Reggie Bullock both as questionable. The Pacers have been ice-cold since losing in the In-Season Tournament Finals, while the Rockets are coming into this one with plenty of momentum with seven wins in their past nine outings. The Pacers have lost their last four road games and I think that streak continues here as the Rockets have been an impressive 12-2 at home so far this season.

 

Peter’s Pick Houston -3.5

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