The 19-55 Orlando Magic will travel to play the 40-33 Houston Rockets in an NBA pro basketball game on Monday night. Tip off time from Houston is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA odds from this pro basketball game will be out on Monday afternoon as Rockets guard James Harden has been listed as questionable with a foot injury. On the Magic side guard Jameer Nelson is questionable with a sprained ankle.
The teams went head to head back on March 1st with Houston posting the 118-110 road victory as a -9 point betting favorite. The game went over the total of 213 points.
Orlando has a road record of 8-28 on the season. They lose their ninth game in ten tries after a 97-88 road defeat on Saturday to the Atlanta Hawks as a +11 point underdog. The game finished under 202 ½ points. The Magic was held to just 39.1% from the floor and connected on 4 of 13 from three point distance. They give up 43.6% shooting to the Hawks and pulled down nine more rebounds than Atlanta and lost because Orlando turned the ball over 19 times. The Magic missed 9 of 27 free throws. Beno Udrih led Orlando with 20 points and 8 assists as he made 8 of his 23 shots. Orlando has struggled on both ends of the court this season as they rank 23rd in both scoring offense and defense. The team allows 101 points a game along with 46.3% shooting to opponents.
The Rockets are 26-11 when playing at home. The team breaks a two game losing streak in a 98-81 home victory against the LA Clippers as a -1 point betting favorite. The total landed under 206 points. Houston took advantage of a fatigued Clippers team playing a back to back and fourth game in five nights in four different cities. They outscored LA 43-31 in the second half in victory. The Rockets shot 43.8% from the floor and made 9 of 24 three pointers. Houston survived 22 rebounds by pulling down ten more rebounds and limiting the Clippers to 39.7% shooting. Omer Asik had 13 points and 12 rebounds as he made 6 of his 9 shots. Houston played without James Harden who was sidelined with a foot injury. The Rockets are the second ranked scoring offense in the NBA with 105.9 points scored per game. In the playoff race the Rockets are the seventh seed in the Western conference and 2 ½ games ahead of the ninth seeded LA Lakers.