Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets - 1/14/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (27-11) at Orlando Magic (14-27)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets travel to the Amway Center to battle the Orlando Magic tonight.
The Houston Rockets have won five of their last six and their last four straight after cruising past the struggling Nets by 113-99 on Monday. James Harden led hte wasy with 30 points on nine of 13 shooting while Donatas Motiejunas added 18 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Rockets shot 16 of 40 from the three-point line but the biggest highlight of the game was definitely the altercation between Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett which led to a headbutt by Garnett followed by an ejection. Other than that, it was a pretty routine win for the Rockets who improved to 27-11 on the season and 14-5 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic were able to breathe a sigh of relief in their last outing after snapping a six-game skid with a hard-fought 121-114 win over the Bulls on Monday. As a team, the Magic shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field thanks to Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo who scored 33 points apiece. Vucevic was particularly impressive as he had his hands full with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, but he didn't shy away from the challenge and so his teammates came to him early and often. With the win, Orlando improved to 14-27 overall and 10-15 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Magic are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record but just 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Orlando and 1-8 ATS in the last nine meetings overall.
The Magic looked real good in their last win over the Bulls, but I doubt they've been anything but consistent all season so I'm expecting the Rockets to take this one by double digits.