HOU is led in scoring by injured C Yao Ming, who has missed 2 months with a broken fibula and won't return until sometime in MAR, with 25.9 ppg, 9.4 rebs; McGrady 24.4 ppg, 6.1 asts; G Rafer Alston 13.8 ppg; G Luther Head 11.1 ppg; F Shane Battier 10.3 ppg; Former Magic F Juwan Howard 10.3 ppg, 6 rebs; and C Dikembe Mutombo 3.6 ppg, 7.3 rebs. HOU averages 96.2 ppg, while allowing a league-low 90.8 ppg. The Magic average 94.1 ppg, while allowing 93.8 ppg.
HOU has won its last 4 games in ORL, and 7 of 8 over the Magic overall. The Rockets are also 15-3 this season against the East. HOU is a 2 pt favorite (www.pinnaclesports.com).