Magic vs. Rockets Prediction
On Sunday night, the Houston Rockets will host an Orlando Magic team that has dropped seven of its last 10 games. Laying nearly double-digit points, are the Rockets a good bet to cover the spread or will the Magic hang around long enough to post an ATS win?
7:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 27, 2019
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Rockets are 9-point favorites to beat the Magic. The total, meanwhile, sits at 222 points and as of this writing, 55% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Rockets to cover the point spread.
Orlando Magic Fantasy Spin
Aaron Gordon logged 39 minutes against the Wizards during a 95-91 loss on Friday, scoring 22 points with 11 rebounds, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers. His minutes were back up in a big way after just 25 in his return to the lineup following a two-game absence. Gordon was a little rusty shooting it early, leading to him making just 2-of-8 from three. He has been a bit of a mess in fantasy this year because he just can't seem to put it together, but the Magic are expected to keep him after the deadline. If they do unload some players, perhaps that can open up some additional upside.
Houston Rockets Fantasy Spin
James Harden kept up his scoring on Friday against the Raptors, dropping 35 points (9-of-25 FGs, 15-of-15 FTs) with two rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes. Harden extended his 30-point game streak to 22 games with his effort here. He did have his 5+ 3-pointers streak snapped at five straight, though. The 35 points represent the lowest scoring output for Harden since Jan. 7, when he scored 32. Chris Paul (hamstring) is on track to return in the team's next game on Sunday, which could hamper Harden's historic run a bit, but it shouldn't stop it.
NBA Betting Trends
The Magic are just 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 road games.
The Rockets are 1-4 against the number in their last five games when playing on one day of rest.
The Magic have covered the spread in six of their last eight games in Houston and are 13-5 at the betting window in their last 18 games versus the Rockets overall. The Magic are also 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games versus an opponent with a winning record and are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games played on Sunday. On the other side, the Rockets have failed to cover in four of their last five games overall and are just 1-5 against the number in their last six games coming off a win.
Sunday NBA Prediction: Orlando Magic +9