The HOUSTON and the INDIANA will both be gunning for a victory on 11/5/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
HOUSTON ROCKETS vs INDIANA PACERS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, November 5, 2018
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
|501||HOUSTON||1 (-110)||213 (-110)||-115
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: INDIANA , HOUSTON
Oddsmakers currently have the INDIANA listed as 1 point favorites versus the HOUSTON, while the game’s total is sitting at 213.
The Houston Rockets are slowly turning things around with wins in back-to-back games as the roles are becoming more defined. The Rockets will try to make it three straight when they visit the red-hot Indiana Pacers on Monday.
Houston kept former All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony in a reserve role and welcomed MVP James Harden (hamstring) back to the lineup following a three-game absence on Saturday, and both players looked comfortable while combining for 42 points in the 96-88 win at Chicago. “Once we get guys into rotations and comfortable, the sky’s the limit for us,” Harden told reporters of the Rockets, who are also working small forward James Ennis into the flow while waiting for shooting guard Eric Gordon (leg) to return. The Pacers pulled out close wins in each of the last three games and swept a back-to-back when All-Star guard Victor Oladipo buried a 3-pointer in the final seconds on Saturday to down the Boston Celtics 102-101. “I told our guys we want to go out there and play like we believe we can win this game,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan told reporters. “The Celtics are a very good team, a lot of talent over there. We’re not going to make excuses for the schedule. This was a tough back-to-back, and all I asked our guys to do was play like you believe you can win this game. And they did.”
TV: 7 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston), FS Indiana
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (3-5): Houston’s two-game winning streak corresponds with an uptick in accuracy from Anthony, who is 17-of-26 from the floor in the two victories after a 2-of-12 performance in a 104-85 loss to Portland on Tuesday. The steadying force in the Houston rotation is center Clint Capela, who collected 12 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday for his fifth consecutive double-double. The 24-year-old is averaging 15.3 points and 11.5 rebounds while recording multiple blocks in five of the last six contests.
ABOUT THE PACERS (7-3): Oladipo scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter on Saturday, including the go-ahead 3-pointer. “I was just trying to get to any spot and win the game,” Oladipo told reporters. “Get to my spot wherever I could get a shot off and win the game. I saw the clock going down and I just felt like I could get to that spot and I shot it with confidence.” Oladipo is averaging 22.5 points and 7.3 rebounds and recorded a double-double in each of the last two contests.
1. Harden committed eight of the team’s 19 turnovers on Saturday.
2. Indiana PF Domantas Sabonis is averaging 13.6 points on 67.1 percent shooting.
3. Houston took the two meetings last season by an average of 22 points.
PREDICTION: Pacers 109, Rockets 103