Orlando Magic vs Houston Rockets NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Orlando Magic vs Houston Rockets Prediction 4/9/2024

The Orlando Magic (46-32) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (38-40) on Tuesday, April 9th. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston and televised on Spac. The Magic are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Rockets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bulls. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.

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The Magic Are Coming Off A Win

The Magic notched a win against the Bulls in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 113-98. The Magic were leading the game going into the second half 56-44.

Coming into today’s game, the Magic are 46-32 overall and have gone 4-1 in their last five games. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 3rd place and are leading the Southeast division.

Orlando is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 50-28. When playing on the road, the Magic hold an ATS record of 23-15 in contrast to a 27-13 record against the spread when playing at home.

The Rockets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Rockets were defeated by the Mavericks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 147-136. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Rockets couldn’t cover the spread as +9 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 227.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.

In their quest to beat the Magic, the Rockets are 38-40 overall this season, including a 12-26 road record and a 26-14 home record.

Against the spread, Houston are currently above .500, at 43-34 ATS. As the favorite this season, Houston is 19-9 vs. the spread while going 24-25 as the underdog.

Magic Offense Breakdown

In 78 games games, Orlando has an average of 110.6 points per game (25th).

The Magic have been a below-average offensive team this season, ranking 25th in points per game at 110.6. On the road, they are averaging 108.5 points per game.

So far, the Magic have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 35.9% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 26th in the league at 96.6 possessions per game.

When it comes to field goal percentage, the Magic are 13th in the NBA at 47%. However, they are 29th in three-point shooting at 35% and have made the 3rd fewest threes per game (11.1).

Rockets Offense Breakdown

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In 78 games games, Houston has an average of 114.2 points per game (16th).

At home, the Rockets are averaging 116.0 points per game, which is 13th in the NBA. Overall, they are 16th in scoring at 114.2 points per game. When it comes to pace, Houston is 13th in the league at 99.3 possessions per game.

So far this season, the Rockets have made 45% of their shots from the field, which is 27th in the NBA. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 23rd in the league at 35%. From two-point range, Houston is 25th in shooting percentage.

When it comes to free throws, the Rockets are 5th in attempts at 23.6 per game. They are also 7th in offensive rebounds. In terms of assists, Houston is 27th in the league at 24.7 per game.

Magic Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Magic defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 30.8% of their games. Currently, they are 3rd in the NBA at 108.3 points per game allowed. The Orlando defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.5% of their field goal attempts vs. Orlando.

Rockets Team Defense

At this time, the Rockets’ defense is positioned 12th in the NBA, permitting 113.3 points per game. Houston’s defense is currently forcing 12.2 turnovers per game, which is 9th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 25th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.5 rejections per game.

Key Players For The Magic And Rockets

In today’s game, we anticipate Paolo Banchero leading the scoring for the Magic, contributing 23 points while shooting 8/18 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 22.6 points per game, along with 6.8 rebounds.

On the flip side, our predictions place Jalen Green as the leading scorer for the Rockets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 21 while also collecting 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 42.5% and is averaging 19.9 points per contest.

Magic vs Rockets Trends

  • When looking at their past five road matchups, Orlando has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 107 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
  • Houston has played well in their previous five home games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 122 points per game while allowing 120. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
  • Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Rockets have a straight up record of 4-6. Their record vs the spread in these games was 6-4.
  • Against the spread, the Magic have put together of 2-3 in their last five games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 3-2 straight up.

Magic vs Rockets Prediction

We’re backing the Magic for a victory, with the projected score at 126-102. Additionally, we favor them to cover the spread, so we recommend placing a bet on the Magic at -2.5.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 214.5, and our model predicts the Magic and Rockets to score a combined 228 points. We recommend betting on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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