Magic vs. Rockets Prediction

NBA Predictions: Are the Magic a good underdog play vs. Rockets? 2/7/17

The Rockets are laying double-digit points versus the Magic tonight at 8:00PM ET. Is Orlando a good bet to cover?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Rockets are 11-point home favorites versus the Magic after opening as an 11.5-point favorite. As for the total, it hit the board at 222.5 and has been bet up slightly to 223.5.

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Orlando has dropped seven of its last 10 games and is just 4-6 against the spread during that span. The Magic's latest loss came in Atlanta on Saturday, falling 113-86 to the Hawks. Bismack Biyombo blocked three shots in the loss, adding four points, two rebounds and one block over 25 minutes of play.

Houston has now split over its last 10 games while going just 3-7 at the betting window during that span. The Rockets have alternated wins and losses over their last six games, but are coming off a 121-117 win over the Bulls on Friday night. James Harden scored 42 points in the overtime victory over Chicago and now has 34 games with 40-plus points as a Rocket, which is the most in franchise history.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Magic are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games in Houston and have covered in 11 of their last 14 games overall versus the Rockets. The Magic have also covered in four of their last five games playing on two days of rest while the Rockets are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games.




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