Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets - 12/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (15-14) at Orlando Magic (16-12)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -1.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, FSFL
The Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic square off Wednesday night at the Amway Center.
The Houston Rockets look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.8 points and 6.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13 points and 11.7 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.2 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have lost six of their last 10 road games.
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The Orlando Magic look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 100.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 98.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 16.5 points and 8.8 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.8 assists and Evan Fournier is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.5 turnovers per game. The Orlando Magic have won six of their last nine home games. Elfrid Payton is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Rockets are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Orlando and 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
You guys know I've been backing the Magic since the beginning of the season before it became the popular trend. However, the Rockets are starting to turn the corner a bit and have actually beaten the Magic in six of the last seven meetings, including an overtime game this season. This will be a rare time where I'm going to fade the Magic.