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Rockets face Pacers: NBA odds preview

Houston RocketsIndiana Pacers
17-9December 20, 2013, 08:00 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse20-5

The Indiana Pacers host Houston on Friday, looking to build on their 20-5 mark against the 17-9 Rockets in NBA action at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Supporters of the Rockets have seen them go 17-9 and 14-10-2 ATS so far this season, while the Pacers are at 20-5 and 17-8 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pacers are 11-14, while the Rockets are 14-12.

View Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers Odds and Stats.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Pacers and the No. 8-ranked Rockets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 99-97 result in favor of the Pacers.

Houston was a 109-94 winner in its last match at home against the Bulls. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 203 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Rockets grabbed a 109-94 win over the Bulls on Wednesday, behind a 23-point effort from Dwight Howard at Toyota Center.

In their last action, Indiana was a 97-94 loser on the road against the Heat. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (191) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Pacers wasted a 25-point performance from Paul George as Miami ran past them 97-94 on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Indiana's No. 10-rated squad against Houston's No. 3-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Indiana rates No. 18 in the league with 7.12 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 3 with 9.69 per outing.

A few Rockets at Pacers trends to consider:
Houston is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston's last 11 games on the road
Houston is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Indiana
Houston is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 games
Indiana is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games
Indiana is 15-6 ATS in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Detroit, Saturday, December 21st
Indiana home to Boston, Sunday, December 22nd