Orlando At Houston NBA Lines, Free Pick & TV Info
There hasn’t been much in the way of big surprises in the NBA this season, at least not at the top of the conferences. The teams that were expected to dominate have done so, and the only mild surprise has been the play of the Houston Rockets. They had a season to forget last year, but have done a magnificent job of putting that in the rearview mirror this season. They currently occupy the third spot in the Western Conference, and while their play of late has been a little up and down, it looks as though that #3 seed is going to be theirs to lose. The Rockets have what appears to be a straightforward game versus the struggling Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, but it’s worth remembering that the last two seasons have seen these teams split their season series. The Rockets won the first meeting of the season last month, which means that the Magic have to somehow find a way to get a win on the road if the split trend is to continue. Find the latest NBA betting odds here.
Here’s A Closer Look At Orlando At Houston NBA Lines, Free Pick & TV Info
When: Tuesday, February 7 at 8 PM EST
Where: Toyota Center, Houston
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Orlando Magic
The Magic are having something of a nightmare season, and already look like a team that has given up. They are just 3-7 in their last 10 games, and while they have played better on the road than they have at home, they are still 6 games under .500 away from their own building. Their last road game came against the Atlanta Hawks, where they were seriously dismantled in a 113-86 loss. They have only a single road win in their last 5 games, a rather surprising victory in Toronto, and they are going to be hard pressed to generate the sort of offensive output that would be required to take down the high-scoring Houston Rockets.
Why bet on the Houston Rockets
While the Rockets have had a very good season, they have been a little lackluster of late, going just 5-5in their last 10 games. They have not been very good defensively, and have seen their PPG allowed drop to 108.3, which ranks them near the bottom in the NBA. The saving grace for Houston is that they have one of the most potent offenses in the league, but they have found themselves pulled into shootout games in recent weeks. Houston already has a win over the Magic this season, a 100-93 victory that was a little more comfortable than the score suggests. Houston has won 4-straight at home versus the Magic, and should maintain that streak in this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Rockets have been struggling with consistency since the start of the New Year, but they have dominated against teams below .500 this season, going 26-4 against that group. This should be a game that they win in comfortable fashion.