Orlando Magic vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 1/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Houston Rockets
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+4.5)
Toyota Center is the venue where and the Houston Rockets (2-4) will take on the Orlando Magic (6-2) on Friday. The line on this matchup has Houston as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 229.
The Orlando Magic faced off with the Cleveland Cavaliers and took home the win by a score of 105-94 in their last contest. Orlando finished the contest having earned a 49.4% field goal percentage (40 out of 81) and buried 12 out of their 29 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Magic made 13 of 18 tries for a rate of 72.2%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned 43 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 20 dimes for the contest as well as getting 4 steals and 4 blocked shots. When it comes to defending, Orlando let their opponent shoot 42.4% from the field on 36 of 85 shooting. Cleveland doled out 24 assists and had 9 steals in the game. In addition, the Cavaliers snagged 45 rebounds (13 offensive, 32 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Cleveland ended up going 69.2% when shooting free throws by converting 18 of their 26 tries. They converted 4 out of their 26 tries from 3-point range.
Terrence Ross is one player who was a contributor for the matchup. He ended up with 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting. He played 21:45 minutes played and grabbed 2 rebounds. Ross shot 66.7% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in this contest for the Magic was Dwayne Bacon. He had 2 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 57.1% from the floor for the game via 8-of-14 (19 points). Overall, Bacon was on the court for 31:31 min.
Orlando will take the court with a mark of 6-2 this season. They are turning it over 13.4 times per game and as a team are committing 18.4 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Orlando is pulling in 48.3 rebounds per contest and has earned 173 dimes this season, which ranks 23rd in the league in terms of passing. The Magic are connecting on 34.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (81 of 235) and 81.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 110.0 pts per contest (18th in basketball) while connecting on 44.4% from the field. When they are on defense, the Magic are forcing 15.3 turnovers every game and they draw 20.4 fouls. They are giving up 32.3% from 3-point land and they are 7th in the league in opponents PPG (106.0). The Magic defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.4% (122 of 163) and they surrender 45.8 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 17th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 189 surrendered on the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Houston Rockets took a loss by a final score of 114-107 against the Indiana Pacers. The Rockets were able to corral 34 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for this game. They rejected 12 tries while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Pacers had 21 personal fouls for the contest which got the Rockets to the charity stripe for 26 tries. They were able to make 21 of those for a percentage of 80.8%. When it comes to shots from 3-point land, Houston converted 8 out of their 30 attempts (26.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Rockets finished the game shooting 39 out of 81 from the floor which had them shooting 48.1%. The Rockets allowed the Pacers to bury 42 of their 89 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.2% for the game. They finished 39.1% from distance by hitting 9 of 23 and ended up going 21 out of 26 at the free throw line (80.8%). Concerning team rebounding, Houston permitted Indiana to get 38 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
John Wall ended up being a major contributor for the Rockets in this game. He made 12 of 20 for the contest giving him a rate of 60.0%, which earned him 28 points. Wall collected 6 rebounds in his 37:08 minutes of time on the hardwood and earned 3 assists for this contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Houston was Eric Gordon. He totaled 20 points in 33:26 minutes played by going 7 of 15 from the floor in this game. Gordon wrapped this one up going 46.7% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Houston has a win-loss record of 2-4 for the season. Houston has 668 points so far this year (111.3 per game) and they grab 41.2 rebounds per contest. The Rockets commit 20.7 personal fouls per game while shooting 77.6% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Rockets are hitting on 47.0% from the floor, which is ranked 11th in the league. Their rate of earning assists is at 21.5 times per game (30th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 15.3 times per contest. The Rockets defensively are ranked 22nd in the league in points per game surrendered with 115.3. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.5% from the field (20th in basketball). The Houston defense allows 39.2% on 3-pointers (78 of 199) and their opposition makes 72.6% of their free throw shots. They have given up 22.8 assists and 46.3 rebounds per contest, which is 9th and 21st in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Orlando (+4.5)
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