NBA: Houston Rockets @ Indiana Pacers
- Title : NBA: Houston Rockets @ Indiana Pacers
Two teams looking to do a little fine-tuning before the playoffs get underway square off when the Indiana Pacers take on the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Both of these teams have secured a playoff spot, but have the opportunity to move up or down in the standings. Indiana is in fifth place, one game behind the Miami Heat. They are just a half-game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers. Indiana is 4-2 since play resumed.
There is one thing about this game.
Houston is in fourth in the Western Conference, one game behind the Denver Nuggets. They are 1.5 games ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and only need a victory or a Thunder loss to ensure that they finish no worse than fourth place. The Rockets are also 4-2 since play resumed.
Houston has dominated this series of late, winning the last five contests between these two teams. That includes a November 2019 battle when the Rockets defeated Indiana, 111-102. The Rockets have covered the spread in all five of those contests. But there is one thing about this game.
In other situations, I would give the edge to Rockets. They have 2 of the top 10 players on the planet in the starting lineup, making them far superior in terms of talent than the Pacers. However, this is not any other situation. Houston will play Westbrook with care while Harden may not even see the court. That puts Indiana Pacers in prime position to win this game. And I think they will.
My Prediction: Pacers cover the spread on +6.5