The NBA is set up with an action packed night of basketball on April 14. Twelve games are up on the board throughout April 14. One of these games will be between the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets. These two teams have had opposite seasons, but will look for a win in this one. This matchup will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
The Pacers have earned a record of 25-28 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. Indiana is coming off a loss on Tuesday night, which ended a three game winning streak. The Pacers will look to bounce back in this one. Indiana is only three games back on the fifth seed and will look to try and catch them with another winning streak.
Houston has put up a record of 14-40 throughout this season, which has them in fourteenth place of the Western Conference. The Rockets have struggled to get anything going and will need to turn it around in this one. Houston has lost three straight games and eight of their last nine. The Rockets will look to get back in the win column in this one.
These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings so far this season, but I think this could be a good game. Indiana is coming off a game on Tuesday night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one. If the Rockets can catch the Pacers sleeping early, they could pull off a big upset. Indiana will look to win this game as they try to strengthen their playoff positioning.
The Pacers and the Rockets met up twice throughout last season. Houston hosted the first game on November 15. Domantas Sabonis dropped 18 points and 13 rebounds. Doug McDermott added 18 points off the bench, but it was not enough. James Harden scored 44 points, while Ben McLemore finished with 21 points. The Rockets earned a 111-102 win at home.
The second game of the season series was during the qualifiers on August 12. James Harden put up 45 points and 17 rebounds, but it was not enough for Houston. Justin Holiday and Myles Turner both scored 18 points on the night. Edmond Sumner added 17 points to help lead the Pacers to a 108-104 win on the night.
Indiana hosted the first game of this season’s series on January 6. John Wall finished with 28 points, while Eric Gordon scored 20 points off the bench. It was not enough for the Rockets though. Malcolm Brogdon earned 35 points and Domantas Sabonis added 22 points and 12 rebounds. Justin Holiday finished with 20 points off the bench as the Pacers won 114-107.
These two teams have only met up once this season. They split the season series last season, but Houston has changed a lot since then. The Rockets have sold away a lot of players, while the Pacers continue to build. Indiana will look to earn a big win in this one, which they need to improve their position. I expect the Pacers to push hard in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
Indiana has been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. The Pacers have made 47.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 11th in the league. Indiana has been shooting 36.3 percent from deep, which is 16th in the NBA. The Pacers have sunk 78.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 10th in the league.
The Rockets have not shot the ball well at all this season. Houston has shot 44.2 percent from the field, which is 29th in the NBA. The Rockets have made around 33.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 29th in the league as well. Houston as drained 74 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 26th in the NBA.
The Pacers have shot the ball much better this season, but both teams have struggled a bit on defense. Indiana has allowed their opponents to make 47 percent of their shots from the field, which is 20th in the NBA. The Rockets have allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.1 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the league. Both teams will look to step up on defense in this one.
Malcolm Brogdon has been a leader for this Pacers team throughout this season. Brogdon has averaged around 21 points and 6 assists per game. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 20 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Caris LeVert has averaged 17 points, while Doug McDermott is averaging 13.5 points. Justin Holiday has averaged 11 points and Jeremy Lamb is averaging 10 points per game.
Christian Wood and John Wall have led this Houston team so far this season. Wood is averaging 21 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Wall has averaged 20.5 points and 7 assists per game. Kelly Olynyk is averaging 17 points, while Kevin Porter has averaged 15.5 points. Jae’Sean Tate is averaging 11 points per game to round out the lineup.
Indiana has much better depth throughout this season and they will look for that to lead them over the Rockets. The Pacers are missing Myles Turner and T.J. Warren in this one, while Houston is missing Eric Gordon. Both teams will look for players to step up in this one. If Indiana can shut down Wood and Wall in close, it could be enough to dominate this one.
Indiana will look to earn a win against a struggling Rockets team in this one. The Pacers are coming off a game on Tuesday night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one. I think that Indiana will come out shooting well in this one though. The Pacers are a much better team and need to win games like this if they want to guarantee a playoff spot.
BetOnline has Indiana listed as a -5 ½ against the money line in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Pacers on the road. I agree with this line as Houston has struggled all season. Even with their second straight night playing, Indiana should take care of business in this one. I really like the Pacers on the road in this one.