|3/5/2008 Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets Free Picks by Jimmy Boyd|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Wednesday, 05 March 2008 07:00|
The Indiana Pacers travel to Houston to take on the Rockets Wednesday night and Jimmy Boyd says that Indiana will cover the spread. Oddmakers from online sportsbook Bodog opened the line at Houston –10.5.
Boyd writes: Houston's long win streak has caused the books to do something ridiculous here - put the Rockets in the double digit chalk role without Yao Ming. A 3-day layoff will stop some of Houston's momentum. Indiana has blown the doors off each of its last two opponents and I like the Pacers to keep pace with the Rockets in this one. Indiana is 5-0 ATS versus Houston the last 3 seasons and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Houston. Houston is only 12-23 ATS in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons. The Pacers are 19-9 ATS when playing with 2 days rest over the last 2 seasons. I like a rested Pacers team to take it to the Rockets tonight as Houston looks ahead to its upcoming date with Dallas tomorrow.
Some trends to consider for tonight’s game:
-INDIANA is 18-30 ATS (-15.0 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
-HOUSTON is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) second half of the season this season.
-HOUSTON is 88-60 ATS (+22.0 Units) against Central division opponents since 1996.
-HOUSTON is 36-19 ATS (+15.1 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
-INDIANA is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) when playing with 2 days rest over the last 2 seasons.
-INDIANA is 176-135 ATS (+27.5 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
-INDIANA is 233-186 ATS (+28.4 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent since 1996.
-HOUSTON is 46-68 ATS (-28.8 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
-HOUSTON is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
-INDIANA is 5-0 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
-HOUSTON is 3-2 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
-3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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