Rockets vs. Magic Prediction
Can the Houston Rockets go on the road and pick up a comfortable win over the Orlando Magic when the two meet up tonight at 6PM ET?
587 Houston Rockets vs. 588 Orlando Magic
Sunday, January 13, 2019
6PM ET – Amway Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Rockets are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -6 points against the Magic. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 214 points. The public betting for this game currently has 92 percent going on the Rockets as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Rockets hitting the road
Houston is coming off a three-game home stand where it went 2-1, including a 141-113 win over Cleveland on Friday. Houston is 24-17 on the season, 9-11 on the road, 21-19-1 against the spread and 23-18 with the over.
The Rockets are allowing just 109.4 points per game on defense, which ranks 11th in the NBA right now. They are fourth in the league in defensive 3-point percentage, as opponents hit just 33.5 percent of their attempts. Offensively, Houston is putting up 111.4 points per game. The Rockets will continue to be without Eric Gordon and Chris Paul until later this month due to injuries. James Harden is leading the team with 34.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game. Clint Capela is adding 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per contest.
Magic end skid
Orlando is coming off a 105-103 win at home over the Boston Celtics last night to end their four game-losing streak. The Magic also ended a four-game skid at the betting window in the victory. Orlando is 18-24 on the season, 9-11 at home, 21-21 against the spread and 26-16 with the under.
The Magic have been respectable on defense this season, allowing just 107.1 points per game. Their offense has been near the bottom of the NBA, as they average just 103.0 points per game while shooting only 44.2 percent from the field. Mo Bamba is questionable to play tonight with a foot injury. The rookie is averaging just 6.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Nikola Vucevic is leading Orlando this season with 20.1 points and 12 rebounds per game while Aaron Gordon is adding 15.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
Houston is 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a win.
The Magic have failed to cover in six straight against Western Conference opponents and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games on no rest.
Orlando had a nice win over Boston last night, but it was a game that came down to the very end. The Magic should have tired legs for Houston, which will certainly test those legs. The Magic don’t have the offense to contend with Harden and company now that they have finally gotten on stride on that side of the court. Houston is averaging 122 points over its last five while Orlando is only averaging 98 in its last five. Capela should be able to do enough defensively against the Magic bigs. I like Houston to win with some ease.
NBA Prediction: Houston Rockets -6