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Game Day Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers

Jan 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) drives the ball as Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) defends in overtime at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) drives the ball as Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) defends in overtime at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Houston Rockets build upon their impressive win and launch themselves up the playoff ladder? We look at the possibility in the Game Day Preview:

Rockets vs. Pacers

With both ball clubs fighting for their playoff lives, the Houston Rockets will visit Indiana in hopes of riding the waves of momentum after an impressive home victory over the Toronto Raptors.

The Pacers on the other hand will look to bounce back from last night’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

The Details

Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Game Time: 6:00 PM ET – 5:OO PM CT

TV: NBATV Canada, FSI, ROOT

Radio: 790 AM, 1070 The Fan, Sirius:207 (Internert H:891/A:890)

Recent History

In the last 4 match ups, Houston is 4-0 against Indiana.

3/07/14: Houston 112 – Indiana 86

1/19/15: Houston 110 – Indiana 98

3/23/15: Houston 110 – Indiana 100

1/10/16: Houston 107 – Indiana 103

Walking Wounded

(No reported injuries for both teams)

Projected Starters

Rockets:

Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Donatas Motiejunas, Dwight Howard

Pacers:

George Hill, Monta Ellis, Paul George, Myles Turner, Ian Mahimi

Keys To Winning

  • Be Patient Offensively: The Pacers are a sound defensive team under the coaching of Frank Vogel. It is vital for Houston to stay patient offensively and to not stab themselves in the foot with unforced turnovers leading to easy transition baskets for Indiana.
  • Contain Paul George: Trevor Ariza will have his hands full tonight with the assignment of defending one of the league’s premier super stars. George is a versatile scorer with a contagious effect on his teammates. When George gets it going offensively, this Pacers team is a nightmare to defend with offensive talents such as Monta Ellis and the improved shooting of George Hill.
  • Play With A Sense of Urgency: Every game from here on out is considered a must win if Houston wants any chance at post season action. Leadership and tenacity from Harden, Howard and Beverley must be apparent.

Prediction

The odds makers have made the Pacers 1.5 point favorites with a total over/under of 210.5

More from Space City Scoop

With Houston coming off a huge win and the Pacers returning home from an embarrassing loss, this sets up the perfect situation for a potential let down game for the Rockets. Houston has been far to inconsistent for me to trust that a strong performance will follow up after defeating the Raptors.

Pacers – 103
Rockets – 98

Make sure you catch up on our entire Team Preview Series, our Houston Rockets Player Profile Series as well as our SCS Round Table Sessions to help you get through the early season. Start your morning with SCS Rocket Science Daily and visit us throughout the day to keep abreast of all your Houston Rockets news and updates.

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