The Orlando Magic have their work cut out for them after losing the first two games of the NBA Finals and now look to cut into their opponents’ lead when they host the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 tonight.

Bet the NBA Finals Game 3

Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.COM have made the Magic 4.5-point favorites in Game 3 Tuesday night against the Lakers. The over/under total has been set at 198 for this game.

So far, the Magic are 1-1 against the spread versus the Lakers in this series after failing to cover a 6-point spread in Game 1 and then barely covering the 6.5-point spread in Game 2.

The long-term trends don’t tell us a whole lot when it comes to handicapping this series. The Lakers are 14-12 against the number versus Orlando since 1996 and 20-7 straight up against the Magic since 1996. Also, 3 of 3 games in this series have gone over the total in the last three seasons when these two teams play in Orlando.

We’d suggest playing the total tonight and staying away from the point spread considering this Game 3 matchup could go either way. The Magic have their backs against the wall and who knows how they’ll respond. We think it’s going to be a high scoring affair again, however, and could easily see another overtime game. With that, we recommend taking the over.

Our Free Pick for this NBA Finals Game 3 matchup is the OVER 198.

Bet the NBA Finals Game 3

Posted: 6/9/09 1:00PM ET