The NBA’s top scoring team will be an 8-point favorite on the road at Amway Center, when the Houston Rockets (26-9) go head-to-head with the Orlando Magic (12-26). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 220 points and it will air on ATTSN Southwest at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic Betting Odds
In their last outing, the Magic lost a tough one against the Brooklyn Nets, 98-95, while the Rockets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 148-142.
The Rockets had an absurdly low turnover percentage of 8.2 (better than their season average of 13.5) and had a free throw rate of 0.302 (above their season average of 0.249). Orlando, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.1 (above their season average of 19.0). Bismack Biyombo played well for Orlando, recording 13 points and 17 rebounds. James Harden was a key piece for Houston with 40 points and 11 assists.
Second-chance points could be rare for Orlando in this showdown. The Magic are among the NBA’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 28th in offensive rebounding percentage at 19.4 percent. Meanwhile, Houston ranks third in the league at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 80.4 percent. Also, the Rockets’ top-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 113.5) will battle against the Magic’s 27th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 108.8).
Of the Rockets’ 35 games, 18 have finished over the total. Houston heads into the contest with records of 26-9 straight up (SU) and 16-18-1 against the spread (ATS).
In opposition of Houston, games including the Magic have a slight tendency to finish under the projected point total (52.6 percent). Moreover, Orlando owns records of 12-26 SU and 13-24-1 ATS.
Elfrid Payton has really been playing well as of late for Orlando, averaging 18.8 points, 8.6 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals over the last five games.
The Rockets dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the last contest, Houston won 128-104. Getting to the charity stripe was one of Houston’s largest advantages. They had 36 free throw attempts, while Orlando had just 20. This is the first time these teams will clash this year.
Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Rockets, ATS Winner – Magic, O/U – Under
The Rockets rank 15th in second chance points per game (12.0) while the Magic rank 25th (10.3).
Houston ranks fourth in rebounds allowed per game (41.2) while Orlando ranks 29th (46.5).
The Rockets rank first in three pointers attempted per game (43.3) while the Magic rank 15th (29.2).
Orlando ranks 12th in points in the paint per game (45.2) while Houston ranks 26th in points allowed in the paint per game (47.7).
Orlando ranks 11th in fast break points per game (11.5) while Houston ranks 22nd in fast break points allowed per game (12.5).
The Rockets rank fourth in points off turnovers per game (18.6) while the Magic rank 23rd (15.3).
The Rockets rank 14th in assists allowed per game (22.1) while the Magic rank 28th (24.7).
Orlando ranks 12th in blocks per game (4.8) while Houston ranks 15th in blocks allowed per game (4.9).
Houston ranks third in steals per game (9.1) while Orlando ranks 21st (7.3).
In games where they allow under 100 points, Orlando is 6-3 and Houston is 11-2.
The Magic are 12-13 when they reach 100 points, while the Rockets are 26-6.
Houston is 9-7 ATS on the road, while Orlando is 5-12 ATS at home.
The total has gone under in 10 of the Magic’s 17 home games, while 9 of the Rockets’ 16 road games have gone under.
The Magic are 1-4 ATS over their last five games, while the Rockets are 0-5.
In their last five games, Orlando has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Houston has 2 overs, 2 unders and 1 push.
During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 100.0 points per game (4.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 108.2 points per game (1.8 below their season average).
The Rockets have been outscored by an average of 5.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Houston has defeated opponents by an average of 8.4 points.