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Basketball Betting Odds — Rockets Seeking Payback in a Big Way in Date With Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are a team that has held the overall lead in the Eastern Conference for virtually the entire season. They are still trying to hold off the oncoming Miami Heat, and on Friday night they will have to contend with a revenge-seeking Houston Rockets team in basketball betting action that is scheduled to get underway at 9:35 PM ET at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Indiana is currently #1 in the East, with a straight-up record of 46-15, which puts them two games ahead of Miami. They are also 33-27 when measured against the NBA lines, Houston is the third-place team in the Western Conference, with a record of 42-19. They are only 3.5 games out of the West lead that is currently held by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and are 31-27-3 against the pointspread.

In the basketball betting odds that have been posted on this game at Bookmaker, the Rockets are laying a couple of buckets:

Houston Rockets -4
Indiana Pacers +4

Over 200 points -110
Under 200 points -110

Using the word “dominance” wouldn’t even be the word to describe the way that Indiana dealt with Houston the first time these teams met on December 20. In that game, Houston simply could not stop the Pacers, who shot 53% from the field, including a dozen triples, and held the Rockets to only four 3-pointers out of 22 attempts in a 114-81 shellacking, which needless to say covered the 5.5-point spread in the NBA odds for the Pacers. Houston was awful from the free-throw line that night, making only 13 out of their 24 attempts, and Indiana used its considerable muscle inside to gain a 61-46 rebounding edge. In short, they had the advantages everywhere.

It would be safe to say that Houston is playing much better basketball right now. The Rockets have won 13 of their last 15 games, covering ten of those games against the basketball pointspread. Some customers at Bookmaker might be a little concerned about the fact that Houston has averaged 19 turnovers over its last six games. On the other hand, anyone who is analyzing the basketball betting odds has to appreciate the fact that the Rockets scored a 106-103 victory over the two-time defending champion Miami Heat on Tuesday night, holding MVP LeBron James to just one field-goal the second half, and then avoided an obvious letdown situation by going to Orlando the next night and winning a 101-89 decision over the Magic, shooting 49% from the field in the process. They would appear to be fully capable of accomplishing their objective in this revenge role.

By their standards, the Pacers have not played all that well lately, winning only seven of their last 12 games and opening up the door for Miami to get closer in the Eastern Conference race, which actually happened until the Heat lost a couple of games in a row. There is no question that folks at Bookmaker who have supported Indiana with their basketball betting dollars have experienced some grief lately, as the Pacers have gone 1-8-1 against the spread in their last ten outings. What’s encouraging for fans of the Rockets is that over HIS last ten games, center Dwight Howard had shot a sizzling 65% from the floor. If he could only do something like that from the free-throw line, Houston would be much better than +1200 to win the NBA title.

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