Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Monday March 23rd, 2015. At 7:00 PM EST.
The (46-23) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest Division make the trip from “SPACE CITY” to the largest city in the Hoosier State. Houston will play the (30-39) Indiana Pacers of the Eastern Conference Central in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This Sports Handicapper believes the Houston Rockets are ready to make a run in the West. The Indiana Pacers are still competitive despite their star being out. The opening betting line has Indiana as a one-point home favorite Against The Spread, the betting odds total is at 202′ for Monday’s game.
The 2015 Houston Rockets have won four of their last five straight up. Houston lost to Phoenix at home on Saturday March 21st. Houston is second in the Southwest, 2′ games out of the lead. Houston ranks seventh in the league scoring the basketball. The Rockets defense allows opponents 100.2 points per contest. NBA Most Valuable Player candidate leads the team in scoring and assists. Center Dwight Howard will not play Monday but is set to return soon. Forward Terrance Jones is the team leader in shot blocks but is out with sore ribs. Head Coach Kevin McHale has his team ready for the 2015 NBA Playoffs, last season’s first round departure is in the past. Houston is only 1-7 ATS their last eight in “NAP TOWN”. The Houston Rockets are 3-2 their last five 2015 NBA Betting Picks on the road, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under the betting odds total three times. The key to a Houston win is to play with enthusiasm. Friday Night’s loss to Phoenix was a bad one; the Rockets could have gained ground on Memphis. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has Houston at +1,800 to win the 2015 NBA Championship.
The 2015 Indiana Pacers are on a five-game losing streak. Indiana lost at home to Brooklyn in a high scoring affair on the 21st of this month. The Pacers are in fourth place in the division. The recent losing streak put the Pacers behind Milwaukee in the standings. Head Coach Frank Vogel has to get his team ready to make a run at the playoffs. The status of All-Star Paul George is good, but when he returns or if he will this season is still up in the air. Reserve Point Guard Rodney Stuckey is questionable for Monday’s game with a calf injury. The Indiana Pacers are 4-6 Against The Point Spread their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six. The key to an Indiana win is to play their style of basketball; the Pacers can dominate in the post. Bovada has Indiana at +3,300 to win the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference title.