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Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic odds, picks and prediction

The Houston Rockets (15-43) and Orlando Magic (13-47) begin the second half of their seasons Friday night. Tip-off is 7 p.m. ET at Amway Center. Below, we look at the Rockets vs. Magic odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.

The Rockets, in last place in the Western Conference, lost their final seven games and 11 of their final 12 before the All-Star Break. At 7-25, only two teams in the league have a worse record on the road.

The Magic, in last place in the Eastern Conference, lost four straight games and six of seven games before the break. They have the league’s worst home record at 5-21.

Rockets at Magic odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Rockets +145 (bet $100 to win $145) | Magic -180 (bet $180 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Rockets +4.5 (-115) | Magic -4.5 (-107)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 228.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)

Rockets at Magic key injuries

Rockets

  • Usman Garuba (wrist) out

Magic

  • Bol Bol (foot) out
  • Markelle Fultz (knee) out
  • Jonathan Isaac (knee) out
  • Moritz Wagner (rib) out

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Rockets at Magic odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Rockets 118, Magic 114

Money line

The Rockets won the first matchup between the two teams in Houston 118-116 Dec. 3. They have lost six straight road games. They are 8-15 against the Eastern Conference this season.

The Magic have five of their 13 wins this season in their last 13 games but have not won a game at home since Jan. 30, but have only had three home games since then.

Neither team is a reliable play, so I look for the potential value here, leaning ROCKETS (+145).

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Against the spread

The Rockets, while they are 23-34-1 ATS on the season, they are 15-16-1 on the road. They have covered the spread in only two of their last 10 games.

The Magic are, in contrast, only 7-19 ATS at home this season, compared to 26-34 ATS overall. They have covered the spread four times in their last 10 contests. This is only the third game all season the Magic have been favored in a game. They are 1-1 ATS in the previous two games.

The matter play is to go with the ROCKETS +4.5 (-112).

Over/Under

This will be an interesting pick because the Rockets allowed the most points in the league, but the Magic score the fewest.

In their first matchup this season, they combined for 234 points.

The Rockets’ final four games before the break, and the Magic’s final three, all finished with totals higher than tonight’s projection.

Take OVER 228.5 (-107).

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