Magic vs Rockets Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Wednesday, December 21, 2022

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The Orlando Magic (11-21) visit the Houston Rockets (9-21) at Toyota Center, beginning at 8:00 PM ET on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. The Rockets are slight, 1.5-point underdogs in the game. The point total in the contest is set at 223.5.

How to bet Magic vs. Rockets

Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Magic as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Magic have -118 odds to pick up the win, while the Rockets are listed at -101 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 223.5 points.

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Magic vs. Rockets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSF
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Arena: Toyota Center

Magic vs. Rockets Betting Trends

In the Magic’s 32 games this season, they have 17 wins against the spread. Orlando has been posted as the odds-on favorite three times this season but has yet walk away from any of those games with a win. The Magic have hit the over in 53.3% of their opportunities this year (16 times in 30 games with a set point total).

The Rockets have 13 wins against the spread in 30 games this year. Houston has gone 9-19 in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 32.1% of those games). Rockets games this season have gone over the total in 15 of 30 opportunities (50%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Magic

Magic Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Paolo Banchero 25 21.8 6.6 4 0.9 0.6 1.2
Franz Wagner 32 19.6 4.2 3.5 0.7 0.3 1.4
Cole Anthony 15 12.7 4.3 3.9 0.9 0.3 1.2
Moritz Wagner 14 12.6 6.9 2.1 0.9 0.4 0.9
Bol Bol 32 12.2 7.3 1.1 0.5 1.7 0.7

Rockets

Rockets Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jalen Green 30 21.3 4.1 3.7 0.8 0.3 2.2
Kevin Porter Jr. 29 18.4 5.6 5.6 1.4 0.4 1.8
Alperen Sengun 27 14.4 8.6 2.1 0.7 1 0.1
Jabari Smith Jr. 29 11.9 7.1 0.7 0.4 0.9 2
Eric Gordon 26 11.6 1.9 2.3 0.7 0.4 1.9
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Magic: Franz Wagner: Questionable (Ankle), Jonathan Isaac: Out (Knee), Gary Harris: Out (Hamstring), Jalen Suggs: Out (Ankle), Chuma Okeke: Out (Knee), Wendell Carter: Out (Foot)

Rockets: Garrison Mathews: Out (Illness), Jae’Sean Tate: Out (Ankle)

What you need to know about the Orlando Magic

While Orlando ranks in the bottom five in the NBA in points per game with 109.4 (third-worst), it ranks 15th in the league with 113.3 points allowed per contest. At home, the Magic are putting up 7.7 more points per game (113) than they are away from home (105.3). The Magic have seen an uptick in scoring recently, racking up 111.8 points per game in their last 10 outings, 2.4 points more than the 109.4 they’ve scored this year.

With 10.7 three-pointers per game, Orlando ranks 25th in the NBA. It has a 34.4% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 21st in the league. So far this year, the Magic have taken 63.2% two-pointers, accounting for 72.9% of the team’s baskets. They have shot 36.8% from three-point land (27.1% of the team’s baskets).

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What you need to know about the Houston Rockets

On offense, Houston is the fourth-worst team in the NBA (109.5 points per game). On defense, it is 19th (115.4 points conceded per game). The Rockets are scoring more points at home (110.6 per game) than away (108.6). While the Rockets are scoring 109.5 points per game in 2022-23, they have fallen short of that in their previous 10 games, tallying 108 points per contest.

Beyond the arc, Houston is 21st in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (11.2). It is third-worst in 3-point percentage at 32.7%. The Rockets take 38.6% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 28.6% of their made shots are from there. Inside the arc, they attempt 61.4% of their shots, with 71.4% of their makes coming from there.

Magic vs. Rockets Predictions and Pick

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WRITTEN BY

Austin Harper

Austin is a co-founders at Betsperts and a devoted father of 2. Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Austin is passionate about the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, and Falcons. Austin received his Bachelors of Science from Clemson University and gets back for Clemson football and basketball games every chance he gets!

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