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Can Rockets lean on James Harden to pick up win vs. Pacers? 1/29/17

Can the slumping Rockets lean on James Harden in efforts to pick up a win this evening against the Pacers at 6:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Pacers are now 3-point home underdogs versus the Thunder after they opened as a 3.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 227 and has been bet down to 225.5.

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Harden posted a triple-double during a 123-118 win over the 76ers on Friday night, scoring 51 points with 13 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes. That's his second 50-point triple-double in the last month. Harden became the first player ever to record multiple 50-point triple-doubles in the same season.

The Pacers needed overtime to beat the Kings on Friday, but came away with a 115-111 victory over visiting Sacramento. Paul George scored 33 points in the victory, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 45 minutes of play. C.J. Miles also chipped in with 18 points and two rebounds while Myles Turner scored 14 points to go along with four assists.

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OUR PREDICTION: The home team has cashed in five of the last six meetings between these two teams and the Rockets are just 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games in Indiana. Furthermore, Houston is struggling to cover on the road, posting a 1-4 ATS mark away from its home court over its last five games. The Rockets are also 0-5 against the number in their last five games coming off a win while the Pacers are 6-2 at the betting window in their last eight games playing on one day of rest.




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