Harden & The Rockets To Dominate Overmatched Magic

James Harden

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 3:36 PM GMT

The Magic has had a tough season this year under Frank Vogel and things don’t get easier today as they travel to take on James Harden and the Rockets. I have a hard time believing Orlando is going to be able to stay within the number.

Orlando Magic

Orlando has lost seven of their last 10 games and have not been very competitive in most of them. On the season Orlando is averaging 99.6 points per game which ranks them 28th in the NBA. As well, they rank 28th in both effective field-goal percentage and three-point shooting percentage, along with ranking dead last in shooting efficiency. They are really a young team that have a long way to go to be competitive in the Eastern conference. Defensively they have not been horrible but still rank in the bottom third of the league in most defensive categories highlighted by allowing opponents to shoot 46.3% from the floor ranking them 24th in the league. I’m a bit surprised that Frank Vogel hasn’t circled the wagons and tried to control tempo a bit more with this young squad but Orlando has consistently gone up and down the floor averaging 86.3 attempts for game and allowing 85.4 by opponents both of which rank them 13th in the NBA, this could spell disaster tonight. They simply do not have the matchups or enough offense to hang with Houston in my opinion.

 

Houston Rockets

Houston has been playing less than stellar basketball over the past couple of weeks but they are still extremely tough at home and can put up points in a hurry. Currently under Mike D’Antoni the offense ranks second in the NBA in points scored per game, shooting efficiency, effective field-goal percentage, and two point you to percentage. They also lead the NBA in three-pointers attempted and made per game. Their offense has been clicking and has been there strong point on the season, but on the other side of the ball is where we find their faults. Houston is allowing opponents to shoot 46.2% from the floor overall which rank some 22nd in the league and for the most part their defensive statistics rank in the bottom third of the NBA. They do defend from beyond the arc better than most allowing opponents to shoot 35.4% from distance ranking them 10th. Tonight for me is all about the matchups and I do not like how Orlando matches up with them. Look for Houston to win this game by double digits going away.

 

NBA Odds

Oddsmakers have Houston as a -11.5 favorites and for my NBA pick, I will take James Harden and company in this spot. Look for them to explode for over 120 points tonight and take care of business against the overmatched Magic.

Free NBA Pick: Rockets -11.5

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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