The Orlando Magic’s backs are pressed firmly against the wall as they enter Sunday night’s Game 5 down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.COM have made the Magic 3-point favorites over the Lakers for Game 5. The over/under total for this game has been set at 198.5.
Thus far, the Magic have covered the spread only once, which was in Game 2 in L.A. The under has also covered in three of the four games with the lone exception being Game 3 when the over 199 covered.
The Lakers are 4-1 against the spread versus Orlando over the last three seasons with games being played in Orlando. Four of five games in this series have gone over the total over the last three seasons with games being played in Orlando.
Even though we’d love to take the home team with its back against the wall, we think this series is over. The Magic had a golden opportunity to tie the series slip through their fingers in Game 3 and we think the Lakers are a safe bet to win straight up, nevertheless cover the three points.
Our free pick for tonight’s 2009 NBA Finals Game 5 matchup is the Lakers +3.
Posted: 6/14/09 10:45PM ET