The Houston Rockets (3-12) play the Indiana Pacers (7-6) on Friday, November 18, 2022 at Toyota Center. It starts at 5:00 PM ET on SportsNet SW and BSIN. The Pacers head into their game against the Rockets as a 5.5-point favorite. The over/under for the matchup is set at 236. In their previous game, the Rockets beat the Mavericks on Wednesday, 101-92. Jalen Green scored a team-high 17 points (and chipped in six assists and seven boards).
If there is a short list of surprising teams through the first month of this NBA season, the Indiana Pacers are certainly near the top. Widely considered lottery fodder prior to the season, the Pacers recorded their sixth win in eight games on Wednesday by dispatching the Charlotte Hornets 125-113 on the road.
As has been the case throughout their run of strong performances, the Pacers were buoyed by youthful guards Tyrese Haliburton (22 points and 11 assists) and Bennedict Mathurin (20 points off the bench) while Myles Turner (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Buddy Hield (19 points) lent support.
Houston is the weakest team in the Western conference: the team occupies the last place, and has only three wins out of fifteen. Nevertheless, the Rockets sometimes surprise: the club was able to beat such rivals as Utah (114-108) and Dallas (101-92). When making a prediction for Houston, it is worth paying attention, the team’s defense is not so reliable this season: on average, opponents score about 116 points per match.
Indiana is in great shape: in the last eight matches, the team was able to win six victories. Thanks to such results, the Pacers are on the sixth line in the Eastern Conference standings. When making a prediction for Indiana, it is worth noting that the team has huge problems when playing defensively: on average, opponents score about 117 points per match.
Indiana is approaching the upcoming match in great shape: the team was able to win six out of eight, and luck turned away from it only in games against Brooklyn (116-109) and Denver (122-119). When making a prediction for the Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers, it is worth noting that the last five official face-to-face meetings ended in favor of Indiana. Despite the fact that Houston managed to beat Dallas (101-92) away in the last game, they have nothing to catch in the upcoming match.
Kevin Porter Jr, Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun
Andrew Nembhard, Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner
Pacers 117 – Rockets 114
The live telecast of the NBA match between Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers will be available on Sports 18 in India and on TNT and NBA TV in the US.