One of the games on March 8 will be the meeting of the teams of Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic, which will be held in Texas. The 5th team of the Western Conference will host the 8th collective of the Eastern Conference. Can the outsider beat the rival? – Read our prediction.

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Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic is a team that this year has excellent chances of reaching the playoffs. Now Steve Clifford’s wards occupy the eighth place in the standings of the Eastern Conference with twenty-eight victories and thirty-five defeats. Thus, the team is ahead of Washington which is a line below five wins, which is a very comfortable advantage, especially when only twenty games are left until the end of the regular season.

As for the Orlando game itself, then, like last season, the main player is Nikola Vucevic, who is equally useful on both sides of the site. But it is also worth noting Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, and finally Aaron Gordon. The last one in the second half of the season showed progress and even did his first triple double in his career.

The guests of this match from Florida, on the one hand, seem to close the playoff zone, but on the other, in the last ten matches they have only 4 wins in their record, which is not a good indicator in their position. And considering that the teams opposed them were relatively not strong, this gives sufficient reason to believe that they will not have a sweet time in this game.

Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets is a team that is now radically different from any other NBA club. The whole point is that the Rockets were the first to directly abandon the refused the center players in the squad, placing more emphasis on arc shots and a fast pace. And as practice shows, this strategy can work. So after the exchange of Clint Capela, Rockets managed to win seven games out of twelve. But at the same time, the wards of Mike D’Antoni now have a series of three defeats, and it is still not clear whether this is just an unfortunate set of circumstances or still a weak side of the team’s tactics.

As for the game itself, the Rockets certainly began to throw more often from behind the arc, and in most cases the result is positive. Also, the situation with rebounds worsened quite naturally. And if the opposing team has good big ones that can score points and work on the shield, then Houston has obvious problems against such teams.

The team of Mike D’Antoni at home recently shows extremely high results, perhaps due to which they are in the top five teams of the conference for this season. Only five defeats for 15 games at home, mainly against strong teams.

Magic vs Rockets Prediction

For all possible outcomes, it is very likely that the victory will go to the home team. The advantage is that they are stronger than the rival in all the aspects of the game, also they will also play at home on their own floor.

Our predictions

  • Full-Game Side Bet: Houston Rockets will win
  • Full-Game Total Pick: Total Go Over

Public Consensus and Computer Picks

March 6, Orlando vs HoustonATSTotal
Score Prediction119 – 120233.5
Computer PickORL (+9.5)Push 233.5 
Public Consensus PickORL (+9.5)Over 234
Consensus Bet %21%79%

Betting Tipps Statistics

  • Houston lead in the last 10 head to head wights with a score 8-2.
  • Houston won 6 of the last 10 NBA matches
  • Orlando – 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games.

Injuries reports:

  • Orlando Magic: A. Aminu, E. Fournier, J. Isaac
  • Houston Rockets: E. Gordon (?)

At what time are the teams to play?
The game time is March 08, 2020, 07:00 PM ET

Where to watch the game?
FS Florida, AT&T SportsNet Southwest

What are the teams’ positions in the standings?
Orlando are the 8th team in the Eastern Conference and Houston are the 5th team in the Western Conference

How many wins and losses do the teams have?
The Magic have 28 wins and 35 losses. The Rockets have 39 win and 23 losses

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