Houston Rockets (24-17) vs Orlando Magic (17-24)Date : 01/13/2019
Time : 6:00 PM
Location : Amway Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Houston Rockets vs Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic are set to return home to the Amway Center for their 2nd consecutive home game where they will play host to the Houston Rockets in a cross-conference matchup, the opening tipoff is slated for 6:00 PM. The Magic have a young team but they lack a superstar which may be the reason they sit 11th in the Eastern Conference while the Rockets have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA as they have won 8 of their last 10 games.
Houston Rockets's Latest Performance :
Entering the season the expectations were high for the Houston Rockets as they were predicted to push the Golden State Warriors to the brink once again for dominance in the Western Conference and even after a slow start to the season, they still find themselves towards the top of the conference. The Rockets come into this matchup fresh off a dominating win at home against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers 141-113. James Harden looks like the early favorite for the MVP and reasonably so as he averages 34.1 PPG, 8.7 APG, and 6.1 RPG. Harden has stepped up in the absence of former all-star Chris Paul and we saw that on display against the Cavaliers as he recorded a triple-double with 43 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. Joining Harden in the production column was their star center Clint Capela as he was able to drop 19 points but the most surprising stat is the fact he only corraled 4 rebounds. Capela has been dynamic on the boards this season as he averages 12.6 RPG but he has been scoring at a high-rate as well as the 24-year-old averages 17.6 PPG. The bench has been hit or miss for the Rockets all season long but they were able to give some production against the Cavaliers as they combined for 43 points. Backup PG Brandon Knight has not lived up to expectation during his career but he was able to show his scoring abilities in their latest outing with 12 points.
Orlando Magic's Latest Performance :
The Orlando Magic lack an identity as they have young players who can make an impact but they have filled the rest of the lineup up with overpriced veterans which has proven to fail during the early portion of the season. The Magic entered this current homestand with a loss on the road against the Utah Jazz 106-93. Leading the way for the Magic was veteran PG D.J. Augustin as he was able to record 23 points and 6 assists. The Magic lack guard play which has killed any chance of them contending in the Eastern Conference which has Augustin running the starting unit where he averages 11.5 PPG. The top player for the Magic is the 28-year-old center Nikola Vucevic and he continued his high level of play against the Jazz as he was able to record 20 points and 8 rebounds, Vucevic averages 20.2 PPG and 12 RPG on the season. The Magic went out and paid a ton of money for the young forward out of Arizona as Aaron Gordon was signed for 4 years and 84 million dollars but it is still a question if the money was worth it. Gordon was able to show his worth against the Jazz with a double-double as he recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds which are both numbers above his season average of 15.2 PPG and 7.5 RPG. Veteran Terrance Ross has been one of the top bench pieces in the NBA which has caused his name to be thrown around in trade talks as he averages 13.3 PPG which he matched against the Jazz with 13 points.
How Houston Rockets & Orlando Magic Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Houston is 21-19-1 ATS, 8-12 ATS on the road.
Orlando is 19-21-1 ATS, 9-11 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Houston ranks 16th in the NBA in team scoring as they score an average of 111.4 PPG while Orlando ranks 27th as they score an average of 103 PPG.
Orlando ranks 7th in the NBA in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 107.2 PPG while Houston ranks 12th as they hold opponents to an average of 109.4 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Houston Rockets
My reason for the pick :
The Houston Rockets have started to look like the team we expected all season long and the scary part is they still don’t have their starting PG in Chris Paul back yet. Sure Orlando has been really good on the defensive end this season but Houston has been almost just as good which is surprising for a Mike D’Antoni team. The major difference in this matchup is the fact that Orlando doesn’t have anyone in their backcourt who can cover James Harden which is a big problem as we know he is a constant 40-point threat. Orlando would like to play through their frontcourt but Clint Capela will be the rim protector we know in this one and keep the Magic bigs in check. Houston will continue to thrive from the 3-point line and they will win soundly on the road.
Betting trends for Houston Rockets:
- Houston is 13-9-1 ATS after a win this season.
Betting trends for Orlando Magic:
- Orlando is 3-5 ATS with no rest this season.