Houston Rockets vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 10/25/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Houston Rockets vs Orlando Magic
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+4)
Amway Center is the location where the Orlando Magic (34-48 last year) will meet the Houston Rockets (22-60 last season) on Wednesday. Orlando opens this contest as 4-point favorites. The over/under is 230.5.
The Rockets faced the Wizards and notched a win by a score of 114-109 in their last game. Houston walked away from the game having earned a 48.9% FG percentage (44 out of 90) and made 6 of their 21 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Rockets converted 20 of their 28 shots for a percentage of 71.4%. When talking about rebounding, they compiled a total of 51 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 24 dimes in this matchup while creating 12 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Concerning the defense, Houston let their opponent shoot 42.3% from the floor on 41 of 97 shooting. Washington recorded 28 dimes and had 11 steals in this matchup. In addition, Washington collected 51 rebounds (14 offensive, 37 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Washington finished 61.9% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of their 21 shots. They also made 14 of 45 shots from beyond the perimeter. Concerning fouls, the Rockets ended up with 15 and the Wizards racked up 21 fouls.
Jabari Smith Jr. is someone who played a role for this contest. Smith Jr. finished the contest at 54.5% from the field but finished the game without a dime. He was on the court for 31 mins and also grabbed 5 boards. He notched 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting.
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Houston comes into this one after finishing with a record of 22-60 last year. They averaged 110.7 points per contest (28th in the league) while hitting 45.7% from the field. The Rockets connected on 32.7% on three-point attempts (856 of 2,619) and 75.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Houston snagged 46.3 boards per game and tallied 1,835 assists last season, which was 30th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They lost possession by turning the ball over 16.2 times per game and as a squad committed 20.5 fouls per game.
When they were on defense, the Rockets were able to force their opponents into 13.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.6 fouls. They gave up 37.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they were 28th in the NBA in opponents PPG (118.6). The Rockets defense gave up a field goal percentage of 48.2% (3,480 of 7,225) and they relinquished 41.5 boards per contest as a squad. They were 24th in the NBA in allowing assists 2,143 conceded last season.
In their last game, the Magic took a defeat with a final score of 123-110 when they played the Heat. The Magic corralled 30 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 in this game. They turned the ball over 14 times, while getting 13 steals for the game. The Heat earned 20 personal fouls in this contest which took the Magic to the charity stripe for 24 attempts. They were able to convert 17 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 70.8%. With regard to 3-point shots, Orlando buried 17 of 47 attempts (36.2%). When the game finished, the Magic finished 38 for 90 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.2%. The Magic allowed the Heat to knock down 45 of their 83 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.2% in this matchup. They went 40.9% from distance by going 18 of 44 and ended up going 15 of 20 from the free throw line (75.0%). When it comes to rebounding, Orlando allowed Miami to grab 44 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Kevon Harris ended up having an impact for the Magic in the game. He converted 7 out of 12 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 58.3%, and had 8 rebounds. Harris racked up 22 points in his 27 minutes of playing time and totaled 2 assists for the matchup.
Orlando had a record of 34-48 last year. The Magic were responsible for committing 20.1 fouls every game and they hit 78.4% from the charity stripe. They dished out assists 23.2 times per game (26th in the league) and they turned it over 15.1 times per game. Orlando earned 9,136 points over the course of last year (111.4 per contest) and they pulled down 43.2 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Magic connected on 47.0% from the floor, which was ranked 21st in the league.
The Magic on the defensive end were ranked 15th in the league in points allowed per contest with 114.0. They forced their opponents into 14.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allowed teams to shoot 47.6% from the field (18th in the NBA). The Orlando defense gave up 35.1% on shots from 3-point land (1,064 of 3,030) and their opponents converted on 79.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 25.9 assists and 42.0 boards every game, ranking them 19th and 8th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Orlando (-4)
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