Rockets vs Pacers FREE NBA Pick Against the Spread
Line: Pacers +3, 226
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James Harden has played at an MVP level this season leading his Rockets to 35 wins heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Pacers. The Rockets trail the Spurs by 3 games in the Southwest Division but they are sitting pretty in the Western Conference trailing only the Warriors and Spurs in wins. Indiana has not quite played up to expectations but with 24 wins on the season they are still in the Eastern Conference Playoff picture.
Houston enters this contest scoring over 114 points per game while conceding 108 points per game. Two big moves the Rockets made in the off season have payed big dividends: hiring Mike D’Antonio as head coach and moving Harden to the point. James Harden is nearly averaging a triple-double this season scoring 29 PPG, 11 assists and 8 rebounds. As the 76ers found out on Friday night, he is a nightmare to guard and the only person on the planet that can stop him is himself. Harden went off in Philadelphia on Friday scoring 51 points, 13 boards and 13 assists.
Indiana has been steady at home going (17-6 SU) at Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers average 105 PPG but they allow 106 PPG but they have still managed to go (6-4 SU) their last 10 games.
The Rockets have not been great against the spread this season but part of the reason has been the large odds that oddsmakers have set as favorites. Sunday’s line is set at -3 which may seem like a trap but don’t over think this line. Houston has played tired and may be limping into the All Star break but James Harden has been too good and there isn’t a player on the Pacers that can stop him. Take the Rockets and small spread on the road.
Rockets vs Pacers Free NBA Pick Against the Spread: Rockets -3