- Pacers guard Victor Oladipo goes under the spotlight as we tell you how to play his point total of 19.5
- He and the Pacers are at home versus the Houston Rockets — tip-off at 7:10 PM ET
- The Blazers are 1.5-point favorites in a game with a 224.0-point total
Our NBA player props tonight key on Oladipo, who opened the season with three games of 22 or more points; after two-straight unders, he posted a season-high of 25 points in New Orleans his last time out.
He’s been quietly consistent since returning from injury, and versus a Rockets team that lacks defense versus shooting guards, Oladipo is in play.
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Pacers Guard Victor Oladipo
Over 19.5 Points (-116 @ FanDuel)
Oladpio kicked off the season by scoring 16 or more points in all six games, hitting 34-plus minutes in four-straight games — an encouraging sign he’s back to full health.
I struggled which way to play Oladipo because I love his rebound and assist ability tonight, but his history with Houston lies with putting up a ton of shots. Oladpio’s 19.5 points per game in 14 career meetings with the Rockets are tied for third-most versus any opponent.
Houston has a problem containing guards to start the season, not just two-guards, and Oladipo should be the next in line.
With T.J. Warren being absent versus the Rockets, Oladipo has a chance to lead the team in scoring for the third time overall and second in a row after his 25-point outing versus the Pelicans. Oladipo’s usage rate is 25.33% for the season but 27.22% over the last five games due to Warren’s injury.
Rockets Recent Struggles
Houston has been a stomping-ground for guards.
De’Aaron Fox (23, 22), Luka Doncic (28), Jamal Murray (21), Damian Lillard (32), and CJ McCollum (44) all went over 20 points versus the Rockets. At the same time, Buddy Hield (19, 17), Tim Hardaway (18), and Gary Harris (14) were the lone three starting guards not too.
I think Oladipo deserves to be bunched with the first group. Fresh off 16 and 17 shot attempts with six and 11 free-throw attempts in his last two games, he should have the chances to score 20-plus. Oladipo’s numbers versus the Rockets in the last four meetings are eye-opening, and with Warren out, there’s a chance he can keep this streak alive.
- The Rockets allow opposing shooting guards to make an NBA-most 29.24 points per game
- Allowing an NBA-high 6.26 three-pointers to SGs
- Oladipo has attempted eight or more triples in his last four meetings with Houston
- He’s attempted 20 or more field goal attempts in his last four meetings with Houston
The Rockets have a -3.4 point differential (19th) and allow opponents to make 39.2% of their three-point attempts, 24th in the league.
Oladipo is making and attempting a career-high 3.3-of-7.3 (45.5%) shots from beyond the arc. He’s made at least two three-pointers in all six games and four or more in two-of-six. Houston also ranks 24th in opponents’ field goal attempts per game (91.4) as one-of-11 teams to allow 90 or more.
When Oladipo’s played 30 or more minutes this season, he’s averaged 20.2 points per game going 2-2 on the O/U, and at home, 19.5 points per game going 2-2 on the O/U. In his last five games versus Houston, he’s scored 16, 19, 22, 28, and 28 points, going 3-2 on the O/U.
Oladipo should be in for a big night, and projections support him eclipsing 20. Given his offensive history against the Rockets mixed with Warren’s absence, I can see why.
The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings with Indiana, and at a -1.5 spread in favor of Indiana and 224 O/U, we could be in for a competitive and high-scoring affair with Oladipo heavily involved.