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(14-34) Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets (35-13)
Date: Tuesday January 30
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -13
NBA Betting Total: 223.5
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This is a big time mismatch. Houston is one of the best teams in the league and Orlando is one of the worst. Also an interesting contrast in pace. Even if the Magic were good could they really keep up.
Orlando is just terrible and they are still missing their best player. I am not sure how they went into Boston and won last week. That’s the NBA for you.
The Magic are shorthanded with Nikola Vucevic on the shelf. I know they keep wanting to minimize his role but he is the most consistent player and scorer they have. All he does is score and rebound at a high rate.
Without him the Magic really have no go to scorer, relying on a bunch of players who have not significant offensive polish like Aaron Gordon or Evan Fournier. Neither of who can get buckets when they need it.
Gordon is the player they are waiting for. He has four straight double-doubles but he is channeling Antonio McDyess not advancing his skill, at least as far as I can tell.
The league is all about pace and space these days. The good teams have good guard and the great ones have lots of them. By my count the Magic have none and nobody on the roster who can ascend to that level.
Elfrid Payton is putting up much better numbers this season but he still plays out of control a lot. He is on track for more turnovers than ever before. Just because he makes a few more shots does not make a legit point guard in the league.
I think I read something like the Rockets have only lost twice this season when both James Harden and Chris Paul were on the court together. This is a really fun group to watch and when they are rolling it is easy to see how they would give Golden State a legitimate challenge in the West.
Harden is having another MVP calibre season averaging 30/9/5. It definitely seems to be working with the two of these all-stars being able to score, initiate the offense and get out on the break. Sure they both need the ball but its not like they don’t know what to do with it.
The surrounding cast is good but not great. Eric Gordon is a scorer and Clint Capela can rebound. The rest of the crew is pretty good but not elite. That is one of the biggest differences between this group and the Warriors. They do not have the same level of depth.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Magic are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Under is 4-0 in Magic last 4 games following a ATS win.
Under is 4-0 in Magic last 4 Tuesday games.
Rockets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Rockets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Under is 4-0 in Rockets last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
This is a huge mismatch and the Rockets are at home too. They might win by 30 and it wouldn’t be a surprise.
Big numbers are not usually my style but I can see how this will be a play or part of a teaser.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets -13
Big numbers like that can be scary. Watch it closely. Houston is 5-3 ATS in that range but if it gets to 14 or more they are 0-5 ATS.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 117 – Orlando 102
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