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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 8/12/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




INDIANA (43 - 28) vs. HOUSTON (44 - 26)
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Wednesday, 8/12/2020 4:00 PM
The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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INDIANA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games43-28+3.237-3038-33109.554.847.7%50.3107.752.944.8%53.4
Road Games22-17+5.423-1521-18108.954.847.9%48.5109.553.945.7%53.5
Last 5 Games3-2+1.23-22-3107.655.447.6%47.0109.651.244.8%57.4
INDIANA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.554.842-8847.7%10-2836.3%15-1978.7%50926207135
vs opponents surrendering111.45641-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.1%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.954.842-8847.9%11-2837.5%14-1879.3%48826208135
Stats Against (All Games)107.752.940-8944.8%11-3334.3%17-2178.8%531023197145
vs opponents averaging111.155.941-8945.8%12-3435.7%18-2376.7%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.553.940-8845.7%12-3335.7%17-2279.2%531024187145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games44-26-2435-3530-40118.360.045.2%52.9114.758.546.2%57.2
Road Games22-16-12.720-1814-24117.760.245.1%50.3116.861.047.7%56.8
Last 5 Games3-2+1.53-21-4113.858.641.9%47.2111.658.646.3%62.8
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.360.041-9145.2%16-4534.8%21-2678.9%531022229145
vs opponents surrendering112.156.241-8945.9%12-3435.9%18-2377.5%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)117.760.240-8945.1%16-4635.7%21-2680.1%50921229155
Stats Against (All Games)114.758.542-9146.2%12-3534.7%18-2476.1%571125218155
vs opponents averaging112.156.341-8946.1%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)116.861.043-9147.7%12-3434.8%18-2377.5%571126218165
Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANA 95.1,  HOUSTON 96
INDIANA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/8/2020*LA LAKERS116-111W3W220O44-8452.4%482042-10042.0%5615

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/6/2020*LA LAKERS113-97W-3.5W228.5U36-8442.9%451935-7844.9%6024
8/11/2020*SAN ANTONIO105-123L4.5L239U36-8940.4%421846-9349.5%6222
INDIANA: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost in first round.
COACH: Nate McMillan (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Malcolm Brogdon (15.6 ppg), G Jeremy Lamb (15.3 ppg), F Domantas Sabonis (14.1 ppg), F T.J. Warren (18.0 ppg), C Myles Turner (13.3)
KEY LOSSES: F Thaddeus Young, F Bojan Bogdanovic, G Darren Collison, G Cory Joseph, G Tyreke Evans
KEY ADDITIONS: Brogdon, Lamb, Warren, G T.J. McConnell, F Justin Holiday
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The big question heading into this season is when will two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo return from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee? He's not expected back until at least December and when he does start playing, it's unclear how long it will take him to return to form. Until then, this will be Turner's team and everyone will be watching how this new starting lineup plays together. Indiana expects Brogdon to play like the $85 million man while Sabonis moves from a valuable backup role into the starting lineup for the first time. Sabonis and Turner being paired together give the Pacers a more traditional two big-man look.
OUTLOOK: The Pacers know it will take time for all the new faces to get acclimated in sync, and they expect some rough patches early. But the offseason moves should give Indiana more scoring punch and better balance offensively. Defensively, it will be interesting to see how Sabonis or Turner defends the perimeter. But if the Pacers have a solid start and Oladipo is back to full strength before the All-Star break, they could become a surprise contender in the Eastern Conference.
HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season with Rockets, 173-73; 16th season overall, 628-499).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (22.9 ppg with Oklahoma City), G James Harden (36.1), F Eric Gordon (16.2), F P.J. Tucker (7.3), C Clint Capela (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: G Chris Paul, G Iman Shumpert, C Kenneth Faried
KEY ADDITIONS: Westbrook, C Tyson Chandler, F Thabo Sefolosha, F Ryan Anderson, F Ben McLemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Westbrook and Harden as the Rockets try to prove that these two ball-dominant guards can coexist after Houston sent Paul to Oklahoma City in exchange for Westbrook. Harden and Westbrook are longtime friends and played together in Oklahoma City at the beginning of Harden's career when he was the sixth man for the Thunder and insist that things will work out because they want them to. But things have changed a lot since their Oklahoma City days and it will be interesting to see how Westbrook will adjust to playing a supporting role to Harden after being the face of the Thunder for years.
OUTLOOK: The addition of Westbrook to this team starring Harden gives the Rockets two of the league's most dynamic scorers and playmakers a year after Houston lost to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. If the pairing of is successful it could help the Rockets become an offensive juggernaut in the stacked Western Conference. While Harden and Westbrook will drive Houston's success, players like Eric Gordon and center Clint Capela will have to continue to improve if the Rockets hope to finally get over the hump and compete for their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
Pacers, Rockets both jockeying for playoff position

The mad scramble for the fourth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and the third seed in the West continues Wednesday afternoon when the Indiana Pacers face the Houston Rockets in the NBA bubble near Orlando.

The Pacers (43-28) will take the court one game behind fourth-seeded Miami (44-27) in the East with two to play. Indiana wraps up the regular season against the Heat on Friday afternoon. Miami also plays Wednesday, taking on Oklahoma City.

Finishing fourth or fifth means avoiding the top three teams in the East -- Milwaukee, Toronto and Boston -- in the first round of the playoffs. The fourth and fifth seeds will duel in Round 1.

Having already clinched a fifth consecutive trip to the postseason, the Pacers will be looking for a fifth win in seven tries since the restart. Indiana, however, is coming off a 114-92 loss to Miami on Monday.

The Pacers struggled offensively against the Heat, shooting just 39.3 percent overall and 10-for-35 (28.6 percent) on 3-pointers.

T.J. Warren, who had averaged 34.8 points and shot 60.5 percent from the field in Indiana's first five games, was limited to 12 points by the Miami defense.

Warren only took 14 shots -- he had launched as many as 29 earlier in the bubble -- a number Pacers coach Nate McMillan attempted to explain.

"He's playing in the flow of the game," the coach noted. "He's not forcing anything."

Nobody picked up Warren's slack against the Heat, with only Victor Oladipo scoring more than his teammate's 12 points, totaling 14.

Warren took only eight shots, making one, and Oladipo sat out when the Pacers lost 111-102 at Houston in November in the teams' only previous meeting this season. The Rockets have beaten Indiana five straight, sweeping the last two season series.

James Harden had 44 points in 40 minutes, while Russell Westbrook chipped in with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes in the earlier matchup.

The Pacers likely won't see Westbrook, who has been nursing a bruised quad, when the Rockets play the second half of a back-to-back on Wednesday. Houston was beaten 123-105 by San Antonio on Tuesday, a game Harden watched while getting a rest.

Westbrook went 28 minutes in the loss, scoring 20 points.

Despite the defeat, the Rockets (44-26) remained in the thick of the fight for playoff positions in the West. Houston currently resides fourth behind Denver (46-25), just ahead of Oklahoma City (43-27) and Utah (43-28).

The Rockets complete their regular season Friday against Philadelphia.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni made it clear Tuesday that the priority is winning next week, not this week.

"We need to play well on Friday when we get (our team) together," he insisted to reporters after the loss. "We're trying to get through these next two games and we're just trying to get guys physically ready to go next week."

A piece of personal pride could be on the line Wednesday if both Harden and Warren play.

Each ranks among the NBA's leading scorers in the bubble, with Harden averaging 33.4 and Warren 31.0.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/24/2020 6:14:44 PM EST

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