Magic vs. Lakers Prediction

Saturday NBA Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions 1/8/17

Are the Lakers a good bet tonight as a home favorite against the Magic at 9:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Lakers are now 1.5-point home favorites versus the Magic after opening as a 1-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 217 and was bet down to 216, which is where it is currently at most sports books.

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ORLANDO KEY TRENDS: The Magic are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games versus Pacific Division opponents and are 3-1-1 against the number in their last five games versus a team with a winning percentage below .400. That said, they have failed to cover in four of their last five games overall and are just 7-18-1 at the betting window in their last 26 games playing on one day of rest.

LOS ANGELES KEY TRENDS: The Lakers are just 3-11 against the spread in their last 14 games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game and are 2-6 against the number in their last eight games following a straight up win. They're also 7-19-1 at the betting window in their last 27 games versus a team with a losing record and are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Sunday games.

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OUR PREDICTION: Aaron Gordon continues to be impressive and is coming off a loss to the Rockets on Friday in which he handed out a career-high seven assists. But Orlando can't score. The Magic own a 101.0 offensive efficiency number, which ties them with New Orleans for the third-worst in the league. Julius Randle, Luol Deng and Jordan Clarkson are all probable for the Lakers tonight. Los Angeles is just 3-7 in its last 10 games but I like the Lakers to beat a struggling Magic team tonight.

 

SUNDAY NBA PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES LAKERS -1.5

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