April Fool's Day seems a good day for a match between the Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic. Yes, the Magic have the second-worst record in the NBA, but the Rockets still needed a late rally to defeat them last month and there's no guarantee that Orlando won't manage an upset. Expect a couple elbows here and there from Houston's Ömer Asık and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic since both are in contention for the NBA Most Improved Player. Both men stand 7' tall and have excellent rebounding skills, so they match up quite well. The Rockets might want to keep an eye out for the Magic's Tobias Harris; he's been averaging around 16 points per game. During the Magic's last meeting with the Rockets, he scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. If the Rockets can push the pace and get hot from three-point range against the Magic (one of the worst defensive teams across the board), they should be able to pull out another victory on their playoff push.
Mon., April 1, 7 p.m., 2013