Pacers vs. Rockets

The best basketball game of Friday night is the Indiana Pacers traveling to Texas to face the Houston Rockets.

 

Indiana @ Houston Preview

pacers vs rocketsThe 46-15 Pacers are coming off a 109-87 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. The 42-19 Rockets are coming off a 101-89 win over the Orlando Magic.

The Pacers are lead by Paul George and Roy Hibbert. George is averaging 22.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Hibbert is averaging 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.4 blocks per game.

The Rockets are lead by James Harden and Dwight Howard. Harden is averaging 24.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Howard is averaging 19 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 blocks per game.

 

Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Indiana:

George Hill probable (shoulder), Paul George probable (back), C.J. Watson questionable (elbow).

For Houston:

Jeremy Lin probable (back), Patrick Beverly probable (nose), Ronnie Brewer out (ankle), Greg Smith out (knee).

 

How Indiana Wins

Indiana will win the game if they keep playing great defense. They are the best defensive team in the league. Their opponents only score an average of 91.6 points per game and that ranks 1st. The Pacers opponents only shoot an average of 34.3% from 3 point range and that percentage is ranked 4th in the league. The Pacers also need to keep blocking shots. They rank 4th in the league in shot blocking as they block an average of 5.7 per game.

 

How Houston Wins

Houston will win this game if they keep scoring at a high pace. They average 106.3 points per game and that ranks 3rd in the league. The Rockets also need to keep rebounding the way they do. They average 55.5 rebounds per game and that ranks 1st in the league. The final thing they will need to do is play better defense. They rank 18th in the league in opponent points as they give up an average of 101.7 points per game.

 

My Prediction

The Pacers want to make this game a low scoring defensive grudge match. While the Rockets want to make this a high scoring back and forth game. Whichever team plays their style of basketball will have the best chance in winning the game.

I think that the game is higher scoring like the Rockets want. I think that the Rockets win the rebound battle and with home court advantage win this game.

Final Score

Houston: 106
Indiana: 98

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