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Pacers vs Rockets Pick – NBA Predictions & Odds 3/9/23

Houston Rockets (15-50) vs. Indiana Pacers (29-37)
March 9, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Indiana Pacers -9.5; Over/Under: +236.5
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The Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 118.2 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Jalen Green is averaging 21.7 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 18.8 points and 5.4 rebounds. Alperen Sengun is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game.

The Indiana Pacers are averaging 115 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 117.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Tyrese Haliburton is averaging 20.1 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Myles Turner is averaging 18.1 points and 7.9 rebounds. Buddy Hield is the third double-digit scorer and Bennedict Mathurin is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game.

The Rockets are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 road games and 9-23 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Pacers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 8-2 in Rockets last 10 Thursday games. The over is 5-2 in Pacers last 7 overall. The Rockets are 4-11 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Indiana and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I don’t want to back the Houston Rockets as much as the next guy, but I’m not laying almost double-digit chalk with the Pacers. The Pacers aren’t good enough for this sort of chalk, and they win at home by an average of just 0.8 points. Also, the Rockets have been competitive in recent losses. Give me the points.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Houston Rockets +9.5

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Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA and is more than familiar with what it takes to navigate a 150 game college basketball Saturday and a 162 game MLB schedule. Randy has done it all. Follow Randy Chambers on Twitter or catch him on the PickDawgz YouTube channel.

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