Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction from Teddy Covers: January 29th 2017
Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets
NBA Prediction: Indiana +3 (January 29th 2017)
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There are ample reasons to fade the exhausted Rockets right now, especially in this pointspread range as road chalk. Houston will be playing their 15th game in the last 25 days without back-2-back days off at any point during that span.
This is the final game of a grueling five game road trip. Key sharpshooter Eric Gordon is dealing with a bad back, no sure thing to suit up today or to be effective if he does. The Rockets defensive energy has been non-existent in recent games and they’ve lost six of their last ten in SU fashion, their worst stretch of the year, while covering only three pointspreads during that span. I’m not convinced this team is going to win at all, let alone winning by margin.
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Houston head coach Mike D’Antonio following their tough win at Philly on Friday Night: “Defensively, we’re soft sometimes, just soft. Soft on switches. We don’t get up on people. We’re soft in the moments that win the game. We have to get tougher.” That’s easier said than done, especially given their non-existent time on the practice floor together during this exhausting stretch of games.
While the Rockets are playing Game #15 in this 25 day span, the Pacers have only played ten contests during that same time frame. They’ve been at their best at home: 17-6 SU, demonstrating some legitimate ‘refuse-to-lose’ mentality in their come-from-behind win in OT against the Kings on Friday Night. Look for Indiana to clearly be the fresher of these two teams today, more than capable of pulling off the outright upset. Take the Pacers.
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