The Houston Rockets are projected to defeat the Orlando Magic, 86-84.5, according to betting odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. Magic vs Rockets Betting Trends – Orlando is 1-2 in the 2021 NBA Summer League. – Houston is 2-1 in the 2021 NBA Summer League.
What happened to the Rockets and magic?
The Rockets, in last place in the Western Conference, lost their final seven games and 11 of their final 12 before the All-Star Break. At 7-25, only two teams in the league have a worse record on the road. The Magic, in last place in the Eastern Conference, lost four straight games and six of seven games before the break.
Are the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets ready for the second half?
The Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets are ready to start the second half of their seasons. Both teams are at the bottom of their respective conferences. The fan bases would likely want their team to lose this game to get the most ping pong balls. However, I can see this having have several moments of true competitiveness.
Are the Rockets a finished product?
I said before the All-Star break that the Rockets were a finished product when it comes to this season. They have the second-worst net rating in the league, the worst overall record and they’ve lost seven games in a row. Houston doesn’t have any continuity and the Magic will be good enough to expose that.
The Rockets won the first matchup between the two teams in Houston 118-116 Dec. 3. They have lost six straight road games. They are 8-15 against the Eastern Conference this season.
Against the spread
The Rockets, while they are 23-34-1 ATS on the season, they are 15-16-1 on the road. They have covered the spread in only two of their last 10 games.
What you need to know about the Rockets
The Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, 114-110. The Rockets took both games in a home-and-home series with OKC. Jae’Sean Tate dropped a double-double on a career-high 32 points and 10 rebounds in addition to seven assists. Houston scored 41 points in the fourth quarter on the way to its first road win of the season.
What you need to know about the Magic
Meanwhile, Orlando upended the Denver Nuggets 108-103 on Wednesday. The Magic overcame a 63-47 halftime deficit in the win. Cole Anthony picked up 24 points and seven assists along with eight rebounds. Franz Wagner, who scored 15 points, hit a decisive three-pointer with 1:45 remaining.
How to make Rockets vs. Magic picks
The model is leaning under on the total, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
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After a week off for the NBA’s All-Star break, the Houston Rockets will resume their 2021-22 season on Friday in Orlando.
Rockets at Magic notable injuries
Houston’s injury report lists rookie forward Usman Garuba as out with a left wrist injury, which could keep him out for up to eight weeks in total. Young prospects Daishen Nix and Trevelin Queen remain in the G League, largely due to the majority of the Rockets’ roster being healthy.
Advice and prediction
Between Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs, it’s a fun matchup of two highly touted first-round rookies from the top five of the 2021 NBA draft. Neither top prospect was able to play in the earlier matchup between the teams, which was narrowly won by the Rockets in early December.
PASS on the money line. Look toward the spread for value as most NBA games don’t end by one- or two-point margins.
Against the spread
BET on the ROCKETS -2.5 (-120) as it’s getting some heavy juice but still the better side.