Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets - 12/13/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic

Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Amway Center)

Houston Rockets -6.0 . Total 221.0

The Houston Rockets hit the road for a clash with the Orlando Magic.  The Rockets are (16-8), coming off a 116-110 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Magic are (11-13), after falling to the Los Angeles Lakers, 96-87.

In the Rockets win over the Cavaliers, Houston was led on offense by James Harden.  Harden had an outstanding night, connecting on 20 of 34 attempts, making all 5 foul shots, registering 55 points and 8 assists.  The Rockets shot 49% from the floor and 40% from 3-point range.  The Rockets out scored the Cavaliers from the foul line, 13 to 5. 

In the Magic loss to the Lakers, Orlando was guided on offense by Jonathan Issac.  Isaac converted on 6 of 14 attempts, while making all 5 foul shots, registering 19 points.  The Magic were unable to overcome their poor start.  The Magic only managed 9 points in the first quarter and trailed by 17 points at the end of the 1st.  The Magic shot 42% from the floor and 31% from distance.  The Magic out scored the Lakers, 48 to 40 in the paint.

Recent Betting Trends:

Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Rockets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as a road favorite.

The under is 20-7 in Rockets last 27 road games.

Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Magic are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.

The under is 5-2 in Magic last 7 overall.

The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 matchups when playing in Orlando.  Two opposites will be on display in this game.  The Rockets ranks 2nd in scoring offense, while the Magic rank 2nd in scoring defense. The Magic are 8-5 at home, while the Rockets are 7-5 on the road.  The Magic just held a very good Lakers team to 97 points.  The Magic have an outstanding defense and will be able to stay in the game because of it.  The Rockets rank 24th in scoring defense, this will also help the Magic stay in this.  While I think the Rockets will win, I like the Magic to cover at home, thanks to their defense.  Final score prediction, Rockets win but the Magic cover, 106-103. 

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Chris’s Pick ORL +6.0

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.