Western Conference Power Houses stay on the Road with the Spurs at Magic and Rockets at Hornets

Charles Stark

Friday, October 27, 2017 12:48 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 12:48 PM UTC

The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs once again look like contenders in the Western Conference. Today we will take a look at the totals for their matchups when San Antonio visits Orlando, and Houston travels to Charlotte.

San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic

San Antonio got into a real track meet with Miami in their last matchup putting up 117 points in a win on the road.  Surprisingly, top oddsmakers  have come out with a really high 207.5 total on this matchup with the Magic which makes some sense this early in the season in proportion to how these teams have been scoring points. Currently, Orlando’s averaging 119 points per game which ranks them third in the NBA while shooting a solid 48% which ranks them fourth. On the other end, San Antonio ranks in about the middle the league in most categories highlighted by averaging 40.2 field goals made per game which ranks them ninth. All that being said though these two teams have some nice defensive statistics with Orlando allowing opponents to shoot just 43.4% from the floor ranking them sixth with San Antonio being a touch better, is allowing opponents to shoot just 42.5% ranking them fifth. The reason for this high total is the fact that Orlando has been caught up playing some really up-tempo teams having played Brooklyn twice and Cleveland once. This dynamic today against the Spurs will be much different and the tempo much more controlled.

The NBA Pick: San Antonio at Orlando Under 207.5 at Bookmaker

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Houston Rockets at Charlotte Hornets

Oddsmakers currently have the total at 212 which makes sense considering Houston is one of the teams in this matchup.  This game really gets my radar up though because Charlotte so far this season hasn’t come close to this total in their final scores. As well, statistically Houston has not been pushing the pace as we are normally accustomed to as they are averaging just 82.6 attempts for game which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Combine this with the fact that Charlotte is averaging just 79.2 attempts for game and this line looks a little bit off. However, as we dig into the numbers a bit more I believe we have good value in backing over the total as Charlotte has been allowing opponents to get up 93.8 attempts per game which should free up Houston to go ahead and push that Mike D’Antoni pace. The Rockets surprisingly have not been shooting the three particularly well hitting at an under 30% clip on the season but they have not been shy jacking up 42 of them per game which ranks first in the NBA. Where they have been efficient though is on their two-point shooting hitting at a 63% clip which ranks first in the league. Look for this game to be the highest scoring one that Charlotte has had this season and for these two teams combined to just get over this total.

The NBA pick: Houston at Charlotte Over 210.5 at Heritage

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