In this battle between two squads sitting within the playoff places of their respective conference, the fifth in the West Houston Rockets (39-23), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the eighth in the East Orlando Magic (28-35), who on the other hand want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 03-08-2020, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -9.5
Houston Rockets have a 39-23 record (29-33 against the spread) and are sitting in the 5th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Hornets with a 99-108 score, not beating the odds. James Harden leads the team both in scoring with 34.5 ppg and in assists made with 7.4, adding 6.4 rebounds per game. Russell Westbrook follows with 27.5 ppg, 7 assists and a team high 8.1 rebounds per game.
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Orlando Magic have a 28-35 record (29-32-2 against the spread) and are sitting in the 8th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Timberwolves with a 132-118 score, beating the odds. Nikola Vucevic leads the team both in scoring with 19.6 ppg and in rebounding with 10.9 per game. Evan Fournier follows with 18.8 ppg and 3.2 assists per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Rockets won on the road with a 107-130 score. Rockets are 21-9 home, while the Magic are 12-20 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring 118.3 ppg to Magic’s 105.8, while Magic are better defensively, allowing 107.2 ppg to Rockets’ 114.2. Rockets have better percentages both in field goals (45.3% to 44.1%) and in 3-pointers (34.8% to 33.8%). They are also better in rebounding (45.2 to 44.5), while Magic are better both in turnovers committed (12.5 to 14.5) and in assists made (23.9 to 21.4). Bookmakers give the Rockets a -9.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the guests will surely force a closer game than that.
Orlando Magic vs Houston Rockets Pick: Orlando Magic +9.5 (-109)
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