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On January 6, 2017, in Free Picks, NBA, by Stephen

Magic plus 6 hosting Rockets

There’s a saying that it’s not who you play, but when you play them that is most important.

That theory is going to be tested in a major way today in the Rockets-Magic matchup.

Houston is a red-hot 17-2 in its last 19 games, winners of its last six games. Only Golden State averages more than the Rockets’ 114.6 points per game. The Rockets have reached triple digits in their last 23 games.

So why, pray tell, get involved with the Magic?

The answer is the spot. Orlando is in one of the best situational spots of the season.

The Rockets just nipped the Thunder, 118-116, in a nationally televised game last night and has a big revenge matchup against Toronto up next on Sunday. This marks the Rockets’ first road contest since Dec. 27. It’s a major letdown spot for the Rockets.

Orlando is off an embarrassing home loss to red-hot Atlanta two days ago. The Magic go on the road for six straight games following this matchup.

Evan Fournier, Orlando’s leading scorer, returned against the Hawks after missing five games with a heel injury. He scored 14 points in 30 minutes getting the rust off.

The Magic have improved their defense under Frank Vogel ranking 14th giving up 103.6 points a game. They should be pumped to play hard at home against this marquee opponent. The Rockets are a less daunting 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games.


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