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Houston Rockets vs Orlando Magic 4/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Orlando Magic are hosting the Houston Rockets at the Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 7:00 ET. Those two squads are last and second to last in their respective conference and their goal for the season is the highest lottery pick possible. The Magic are 1-7 in their previous eight matches, while the Rockets are 1-10 in their previous eleven. 

The Magic have a 18-38 record and are 28-27-1 against the spread and 28-27-1 in over/under. They are coming off a road loss against the Raptors with a 102-113 score. Only four players were in double digit scoring, led by Wendel Carter Jr with 20 points and a team-high 9 boards. Rookie Cole Anthony moved into the starting lineup and scored 19 points, 7 boards and 5 dimes. 

Terence Ross leads the team in scoring with 15.6 ppg, adding 3.4 rebounds per game. Wendel Carter Jr. follows witrh 11.8 ppg and 8 rebounds per game.  

The Magic have the second-worse offense in the league with 104.3 ppg and allow 112 ppg defensively. They have the worse field goal percentage with 43.1% and shoot with 34.8% from downtown. They are 1-3 against the spread in their previous four matches. Over is 7-2 in their previous nine. 

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Houston Rockets vs Orlando Magic Predictions 4/18/2021

The Rockets have a 20-35 record and are 23-32 against the spread and 24-30-1 in over/under. They are coming off a home defeat against the Nuggets with a 99-128 score. Kelly Olynyk continued his impressive play in a Rockets uniform, leading his team with 23 points on 10-14 shooting from the field. He also added 6 boards, while Je’Sean Tate added 21 points, 5 boards and 5 dimes.  

Christian Wood leads the team both in scoring with 21 ppg and in rebounding with 9.4 per game, having a 53.2% field goal percentage. John Wall adds 20.6 ppg and a team-high 6.8 dimes per game.  

Houston has the fourth-worse defense in the NBA, allowing 115 ppg and they score 108.1 ppg. They are 1-4 against the spread in their previous five matches. Over is 4-1 in their previous five.  

Houston destroyed Orlando by 42 points in their previous matchup back in January with a 132-90 score. Magic are 4-2 against the spread in their previous six matchups. Over is 4-1-1 in their previous six matchups. The Magic are 10-19 at home, while the Rockets are 7-21 on the road. Over is trending for both teams lately and also historically, so I’m going to pick the over for today as well. 

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Houston Rockets vs Orlando Magic 4/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 7:00 ET 

Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021


NBA Odds/Point Spread: Orlando Magic -1.5

NBA Totals: 218.5

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