The newly jumpstarted Indiana Pacers head to Texas for a matchup with the Houston Rockets tonight. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 8pm EST from the Toyota Center.
The Pacers enter this content with a record of 7-6, which is a surprise to many around the association. This was a team that was expected to tank this season but they have found a way to continue winning games depsite this. The Rockets come in with a record of 3-12 and no sign of things getting better for them. It’s been a brutal start for Houston but they can still turn things around.
How Indiana can win: The Pacers come into this game averaging 117.9 points per game and are allowing 116.8 to opponents. It has been a fun season for Pacer fans thus far as they thought their team would just be losing a ton of games. But they keep finding ways to win and are in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings.
They are led by guard Tyrese Haliburton who is having a great season. He is averaging 20.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and has really stepped up his leadership as well. As a team, the Pacers are shooting 38.1 percent from beyong the three-point line and have become an issue for opposing defenses. Against a team like the Rockets, they should look to exploit the defenses lapses on the perimter to get open shot attempts.
How Houston can win: Houston comes in struggling as they are only averaging 109.1 points per game this season. They are giving up 116.4 to opponents so it’s a vast difference in how the team operates on both sides of the floor. This has resulted in another poor start for this franchise and they need to quickly find ways to stop the bleeding.
It starts and ends with Jalen Green for Houston as he is averaging 21.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. If he can have a strong game for Houston, they may be able to take down the Pacers. Look for Green to try and set the tone for his team on their home floor tonight.
Prediction: Indiana Pacers 117, Houston Rockets 110
I think Indiana keeps this win streak going and grabs another victory. They should be able to give the Rockets issues on defense, helping them get the win.