Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets - 12/21/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
Houston Rockets (9-21) vs Orlando Magic (11-21)
Game Info: Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +2 -- Over/Under: 226.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Toyota Center. The Orlando Magic have won 6 of their last 7 games. The Houston Rockets have lost 5 of their last 8 games.
The Orlando Magic are averaging 109.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Paolo Banchero is averaging 21.6 points and 3.9 assists, while Franz Wagner is averaging 19.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. Wendall Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Cole Anthony is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game.
The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 115.1 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Jalen Green is averaging 21.6 points and 4.2 rebounds, while Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 18.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. Alperen Sengun is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.
The Magic are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Rockets are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games. The under is 5-2 in Magic last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 5-1 in Rockets last 6 Wednesday games. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston.
The Orlando Magic have won 6 of their last 7 games, and they're winning their last 5 games by an average of 6.6 points. The Houston Rockets compete more times than not, but they end up on the losing side a lot, and they do lose at home by an average of 1.9 points. I'd assume the Magic can keep the momentum going against a Rockets team that looks like they're trying to lose most nights. I'll lay the bucket.
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Randy’s Pick Orlando Magic -2
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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