Rockets vs Magic Prediction NBA Pick Free 4/9

Rockets vs Magic Prediction NBA Pick Free 4/9

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Magic vs. Rockets Preview - Prediction KingPin Pro

Houston, TX; April 9, 2024, 5:00 p.m. CST

 

Game Odds

Odds by ESPN BET

Time Spread Total ML
5:00 PM -2.5 (-105) o213.5 (-110) -135
- +2.5 (-115) u213.5 (-110) +115

 

Game Overview

The Houston Rockets (38-40) host the Orlando Magic (46-32) on April 9, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CST. While the Magic have secured a playoff spot, the Rockets are already eliminated from playoff contention. However, the Rockets will look to play spoiler against the Magic in their home arena.

The Toyota Center in Houston will be the battleground for this matchup between two teams with different aspirations.

 

Team Statistics

Orlando Magic

The Magic have had a solid season, clinching a playoff berth with strong performances from their key players. Led by Paolo Banchero, they will aim to maintain their momentum heading into the postseason.

Houston Rockets

Although the Rockets have been eliminated from playoff contention, they have shown resilience and competitiveness throughout the season. With nothing to lose, they will seek to end their season on a high note with a victory over the Magic.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Injuries could impact the rotation and performance of both teams in this game.

Orlando Magic

The Magic have key players, including Jonathan Isaac and Franz Wagner, listed as game-time decisions. Their availability will influence Orlando's game plan and strategy against the Rockets.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets will be without Jae'Sean Tate, affecting their lineup and defensive presence on the court. However, they will rely on other players to step up and contribute to their efforts against the Magic.

 

Recent Performances

Orlando Magic

The Magic are coming off a convincing win against the Chicago Bulls, demonstrating their ability to compete at a high level. With momentum on their side, they will look to continue their winning ways against the Rockets.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets have faced challenges in recent games, including an overtime loss against the Dallas Mavericks. Despite their elimination from playoff contention, they remain competitive and will aim to finish the season on a positive note.

 

Prediction

The Orlando Magic have the upper hand in this matchup, given their strong performance throughout the season and their motivation to secure a higher playoff seed. Facing a Rockets team that has already been eliminated from playoff contention, the Magic are poised to capitalize on their opponent's vulnerabilities.

Led by Paolo Banchero and supported by their well-rounded roster, the Magic have the talent and depth to outplay the Rockets on both ends of the floor. Their defensive intensity and offensive firepower should allow them to control the game and emerge victorious.

Expect the Magic to win and cover the spread of -2.5 points, extending their winning streak and building momentum heading into the playoffs.

Pick: Orlando Magic -2.5

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