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(26-9) Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic (12-26)
Date: Wednesday January 3
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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Wednesday night NBA sees two teams facing off on the opposite side of the competitive spectrum. The Houston Rockets have, as expected, been one of the best teams in the league with James Harden and Chris Paul leading the way—although they continue to deal with injuries to their superstar backcourt tandem.
The Orlando Magic, on the other hand, began their season in shocking fashion as one of the top teams out East through three weeks, but have since fallen off. They’ve lost 11 of their last 12 games and currently sit in the penultimate spot out East, besting only the lowly Atlanta Hawks.
The Rockets enter this contest scoring 115.2 points per night. That number is good enough to put them in first place so far this season, which is nothing if not expected considering the pace at which they play and the star power they possess.
Defensively, Houston is giving up 106.9 points per game. That number is only good enough for 21st in the NBA, but they do have the 12th-best defensive efficiency, giving up just 104.7 points when extrapolated over 100 possessions.
Against Orlando, the game plan is simple: Play the same game they’re used to at an efficient level.
The Magic aren’t going to slow down the Rockets’ pace, so Houston’s approach has to be solely focused on controlling the rock and avoiding turnovers.
The Magic enter this game averaging 104.7 points per night. That number is good enough for 16th in the Association, but they fall to 24th when it comes to points scored per 100 possessions.
Defensively, Orlando is giving up 110 points per contest, which is only good enough for 27th place in the league. They’re one ranking spot better (26th) in terms of points allowed per 100 possessions.
Against Houston, the Magic have to force turnovers. We know the Rockets are going to force transition play, so making them give up the ball has to be a priority.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-1-1 in HOU last 8 games as a favorite.
- Over is 9-3-1 in HOU last 13 overall.
- ORL are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
- ORL are 17-38-1 ATS in their last 56 home games.
- ORL are 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 Wed. games.
- Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Orlando.
- HOU are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Orlando.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
If there’s any good news for the Magic entering this contest, it’s that the Rockets will be without star guard James Harden. The catch, of course, is that Houston has a more-than-capable guard in Eric Gordon to save the day.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets ATS
The line hasn’t yet been set in this one, but there’s no reason to believe the Rockets won’t have the same kind of fire power sans Harden against this defense.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 118 – Orlando Magic 105
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