Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Rockets vs Magic Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Houston Rockets taking on the Orlando Magic Friday December 23 at Amway Center Orlando, FL. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Houston Rockets (15-14) vs. Orlando Magic (16-12)
Date: Wednesday December 23
Time:7 PM EST
Venue: Amway Center Orlando, FL
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Magic -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 206.5
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Earlier this season in Houston the Rockets beat the Magic in OT and tonight in the Sunshine State Orlando is the slight betting favorite.
After a terrible start it seems the Rockets may be getting it together, as they have won 3 in a row and are now over .500. Also, in their last 2 wins they have beaten teams that have winning records.
The Magic have been one of the surprises so far on the season 4 games over .500 and they have won 4 of their last 5 games.
In their last games the Magic beat the New York Knicks 107-99 and the Rockets beat the Charlotte Hornets 102-95.
This season the Magic are 9-5 at home and the Rockets are 6-7 on the road.
When these 2 teams met last in Orlando last season the Magic beat the Rockets 120-113.
Houston leading scorer James Harden went for 36 points in the win over Charlotte after struggling with his shot in the previous 2 games.
Dwight Howard has not been Superman this season, but against his former team this season at home he went for 23 boards and grabbed 14 boards. His offense will be important tonight, but his D facing a hot Magic C in Nikola Vucevic may be more key to the Rockets success..
This season the Rockets rank 4th in scoring, but only rank 27th in opponents’ points allowed.
The Magic are winning with their defense, which ranks 6th in the league in opponents’ points allowed and they rank 18th in scoring.
Vucevic is averaging 23.7 ppg and 10.3 rpg in his last 3 games. If he can have a solid scoring and rebounding game again facing Howard the Magic have a great chance to win this game.
The Magic have 5 players averaging in double figures led by Vuceivic and the SF duo of Tobias Harris and Evan Fournier. Victor Oladipo has been playing well since moving to the bench and in last season’s home win over Houston he went for 32 points.
The Magic have solid ball movement ranking 11th in the league in assists per game and the Rockets have to get into the passing lanes tonight.
The Rockets have won 11 of their last 14 games.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- HOU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
- HOU has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.
- ORL is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- ORL is 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Free NBA Prediction:
The Rockets are playing well as of late, but the Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games facing Houston and I look for that trend to continue tonight.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Orlando ATS
Take the Magic in this one, as Vucevic will have a solid game and Orlando will play solid defense in a low scoring affair.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Orlando 97 – Houston 94
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