Pacers vs Rockets Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 9, 2023

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The Indiana Pacers (29-37) host the Houston Rockets (15-50) on March 9, 2023 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Rockets are underdogs by a 9.5-point margin as they enter the matchup with a 4-6 record in their last 10 games. The over/under in the contest is set at 236.5.

How to bet Pacers vs. Rockets

Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 9.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Pacers as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Pacers have -445 odds to pick up the win, while the Rockets are listed at +344 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 236.5 points.

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Pacers vs. Rockets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSIN
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Arena: Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Pacers vs. Rockets Betting Trends

The Pacers are 36-29-1 against the spread this season. Indiana has been chosen as the favorite in 13 games this year and has walked away with the win eight times (61.5%) in those games. Pacers games this year have gone over the point total 49.2% of the time (32 out of 65 games with a set point total).

The Rockets have 24 wins against the spread in 65 games this season. Houston has won 13 of the 61 games it was listed as the moneyline underdog this season (21.3%). Rockets games this season have gone over the total in 32 of 65 opportunities (49.2%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Pacers Leaders
Tyrese Haliburton 53 20.6 3.7 10.3 1.7 0.5 2.9
Myles Turner 56 17.9 7.6 1.3 0.6 2.3 1.6
Buddy Hield 66 17.3 5 2.7 1.2 0.3 3.7
Bennedict Mathurin 66 16.9 4.1 1.4 0.6 0.1 1.3
Aaron Nesmith 57 9.6 3.7 1.2 0.8 0.4 1.5


Rockets Leaders
Jalen Green 59 21.7 3.8 3.6 0.7 0.3 2.5
Alperen Sengun 60 14.8 8.8 3.8 0.8 0.9 0.2
Kenyon Martin Jr. 65 12 5.6 1.6 0.5 0.4 0.8
Jabari Smith Jr. 62 11.8 6.9 1.2 0.5 0.9 1.5
Tari Eason 65 9.2 5.7 1 1.2 0.6 0.7
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Pacers: Aaron Nesmith: Questionable (Hip), Kendall Brown: Out (Leg)

Rockets: Danny Green: Out (Trade Pending), John Wall: Out (Abdominal), Kevin Porter: Out (Thigh)

What you need to know about the Indiana Pacers

Indiana’s defense ranks fifth-worst in the NBA with 117.9 points allowed per game, but its offense has provided a lift, scoring 115.5 points per game (11th-ranked in league). Offensively the Pacers have performed better when playing at home this year, posting 118.1 points per game, compared to 112.6 per game when playing on the road. The Pacers have been putting up 120.1 points per contest in their last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly higher than the 115.5 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign.

Indiana has a 36.5% three-point percentage this year (11th-ranked in NBA), but it has really thrived by draining 13.9 threes per game (fifth-best). When it comes to shot breakdown, the Pacers have taken 57.5% two-pointers (accounting for 66.6% of the team’s buckets) and 42.5% three-pointers (33.4%).

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What you need to know about the Houston Rockets

Offensively, Houston is the second-worst team in the league (110 points per game). Defensively, it is fourth-worst (118.2 points allowed per game). At home the Rockets are scoring 110.1 points per game, 0.1 more than they are averaging on the road (110). While the Rockets are scoring 110 points per game in 2022-23, they have fallen short of that in their previous 10 games, producing 108.1 points per contest.

Beyond the arc, Houston is 23rd in the league in 3-pointers made per game (10.7). It is worst in 3-point percentage at 32.7%. In 2022-23, the Rockets have taken 63% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 37% percent from beyond it. In terms of made shots, 73.3% of the Rockets’ baskets have been 2-pointers, and 26.7% have been 3-pointers.

Our pick to win this game is the Pacers, and we project that Pacers will cover the spread (Pacers -9.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 236.5 points.

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Dan Smullen

Hailing all the way from Dublin, Ireland, Dan Smullen has BSC. in the Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. He is data obsessed. In the past he has worked both as a video performance analyst and provided biometric performance testing and analysis for professional rugby teams. Dan is obsessed about helping the average punter become more successful at sports betting through the assistance of good sports betting data analysis. He has worked with over 200 journalists at multiple editorial teams in his previous role as Head of Search for the largest national news publisher in Ireland.

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