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2019-2020 NBA Regular Season
(28-35) Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets (39-22)
Date: Sunday, March 8th
Time: 4:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 233.5
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This game is going to be about Rockets offense versus Magic defense. The Rockets have the advantage but they have weaknesses the Magic can exploit.
These weaknesses were showcased against their loss to the Knicks on March 2nd.
The Knicks exploited the Rocket’s smaller lineup by dominating the boards and attacking them in the paint.
Orlando has the type of frontcourt in Nikola Vucevic and Jonathan Issac to push the Rockets around.
The Magic will still have to show up offensively. They will need big games from Aaron Gordan, Markelle Fultz, and Vucevic.
Regardless, the Magic will struggle with James Harden and Russell Westbrook. If they can’t slow them down, their length and size will not count for much.
Since they traded Clint Capella and reverted to a smaller lineup, the Rockets have been rolling on offense and surprisingly their defense has improved.
The open lanes created by the smaller lineup have seen Westbrook attacking the paint constantly and to good effect.
This forces the team to crowd the lane but also leaves open men at the perimeter for the Rockets.
The Magic are great at crowding the lane but Westbrook will be tenacious and will keep coming.
If he finds success in the lane early it will bode well for the Rockets. They know if they can build an early lead against the Magic, they struggle when playing from behind.
The first quarter might decide this game. If the Rocket jump to a big lead it’s over, if the Magic keeps this game close and scrappy, they have a fighting chance.
Vucevic and Issac need to limit Westbrook’s production in the lane. If they allow Westbrook to have his way early it will open other offensive avenues for the Rockets.
They will need to contain Westbrook from the backcourt. The only problem with this is that the Rockets are a two-headed monster.
James Harden is equally capable of being as disruptive as Westbrook. Unfortunately for the Magic, they will have to pick their poison.
They have had games where their offense has showed up. They will need to keep the game close.
Vucevic and Gordon need to be great on both sides of the ball. The Magic’s zone containment schemes may not be enough because the Rockets offense will score.
Crowding the lane and being successful at it will be paramount for the Magic to win this game.
Free Orlando Magic vs Houston Rockets NBA Prediction: Rockets
The Rockets will look to build an early lead and that will force the Magic to play catch up. The Magic’s offense is not equipped to play catch up and the Rockets offense will not ease up.
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