Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic - 4/18/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Orlando Magic (18-38) vs Houston Rockets (14-42)
Game Info: Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
Betting Odds: Orlando Magic +3 -- Over/Under: 220.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic meet Sunday in NBA action at the Amway Center.
The Houston Rockets need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 108.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 115 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Christian Wood is averaging 21 points and 9.4 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists. Kelly Olynyk is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game.
The Orlando Magic need a win after losing 11 of their last 15 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 104.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 47 percent shooting. Terrence Ross is averaging 15.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while Wendall Carter Jr. is averaging 14.5 points and two assists. Cole Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Dwayne Bacon is grabbing three rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game.
The Rockets are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 18-42 ATS in their last 60 games overall. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss. The over is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The over is 7-2 in Magic last 9 overall. The Rockets are 7-15 ATS in the last 22 meetings.
I'm not running to the window to back either of these teams, as they get smoked more times than not and they don't cover numbers. The Houston Rockets are losing their last five games by an average of 15.2 points while the Orlando Magic are losing their last five games by an average of 13.4 points. It's ugly. However, with that said, the Rockets at least have NBA caliber players on the court, while the Magic are a gutted roster waiting for the season to end. Give me the Rockets if forced to pick.