Free NBA Picks Today: Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets 3/9/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets 3/9/23
Thu 9th March 2023

The Indiana Pacers (29-37, 18-16 Home) host the Houston Rockets (15-50, 6-27 Away) Thursday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Houston was outplayed by the Brooklyn Nets 118-96 at Toyota Center on Tuesday. Jalen Green was the key player in defeat with 25 points.

The Rockets are the 15th seed in the Western Conference. Indiana dropped their last game on Monday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, falling to the Philadelphia 76ers 147-143. Tyrese Haliburton had 39 points and 16 assists in defeat, leading the team.

The Pacers are 12th in the Eastern Conference. The teams are meeting for the last time this season. After winning the only earlier season game against Houston 99-91 at Toyota Center in November 2022, their fifth straight head-to-head victory, Indiana will be pursuing a season sweep.

Haliburton led the Pacers with 19 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. Eric Gordon had 24 points and six rebounds in the losing effort.

Green is averaging 21.7 points per game to lead the Rockets in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Alperen Sengun is contributing 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

Haliburton and Myles Turner have supplied much of the Pacers’ offense, averaging 20.6 and 17.9 points per game, respectively. Turner also has collected 7.6 rebounds per game, while Haliburton has recorded 10.3 assists per game, second-most in the NBA.

The Pacers have had the advantage in the last 10 clashes between the teams at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, winning six. In the last 10 games, Houston is 2-8 with an average margin of -10.3 (108.1-118.4). Indiana has gone 4-6 over the last 10, allowing 123.1 points per game on average while scoring only 120.1 (-3.0 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Tari Eason: 23.0 | 15.9 | +7.1
Points per game:
Kevin Porter Jr.: 12.3 | 18.5 | -6.3
Rebounds per game:
Tari Eason: 7.2 | 5.7 | +1.5
Jabari Smith Jr.: 5.2 | 6.9 | -1.7


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Aaron Nesmith: 9.3 | 14.5 | -5.2
Points per game:
Tyrese Haliburton: 28.8 | 20.6 | +8.1
Bennedict Mathurin: 12.6 | 16.9 | -4.3
Rebounds per game:
Myles Turner: 4.0 | 7.6 | -3.6

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Indiana Pacers -9.5 (-110)

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