Basketball betting fans on the other hand have gotten better than expected value with the Houston Rockets despite their online basketball betting injury problems.
The Orlando Magic will host the Houston Rockets on Friday night with an ESPN telecast set to begin at 8 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this interconference matchup so be sure and have your account open and ready for action.
Houston had a record of 16-16 straight up and 17-14-1 with the NBA odds. The Rockets covered 9 of their first 17 road games and went under the total in 18 of their first 32 games overall. Houston failed to get the money in their final 3 games of December and was struggling on defense as they ranked 25th for points allowed.
The Houston offense was surprisingly good and ranked 4th in the NBA as Kevin Martin led the Rockets with 23.2 points per game. Yao Ming is out for the season yet again.
Orlando had a record of 21-12 straight up but just 14-19 with the NBA betting line as they were one of the worst values on the board. The Magic were profitable at home, however, with 9 payouts in their first 17 games and just 7 of those matchups going under the total.
Orlando closed December out in style with 5 straight payouts as the trade for Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu proved to be a success, at least in the short term. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 21.1 points per game and a whopping 13 rebounds per outing.
Orlando was one of the top defensive teams in the NBA as they ranked 5th for points allowed with 93.2 per game. The offense ranked just 17th but that should improve as time goes on with the new personnel.
Houston has gotten the money in 7 of their last 8 basketball betting matchups at Orlando and has paid out in 13 of the last 16 meetings overall although the Magic covered the spread in the last 2 meetings between the teams. The series has gone under the total in 4 of the last 6 meetings. This is the first game between the teams this season.