Check out our free Lakers vs Magic pick and preview for this NBA game in Orlando. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Lakers vs Magic NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers at Orlando Magic
  • Where: Orlando at Amway Center
  • Date: Tuesday, December 27th
  • Betting Odds ORL -4, LAL +149 | ORL -180 O/U 235.0

The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-20. So far, the team has gone 12-19-2 against the spread. Over the Lakers current 4 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -13.25 points per game.

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Los Angeles is trying to bounce back from a 124-115 loss to the Mavericks. Going into this game, the team was 7 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Los Angeles let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was LeBron James, as he contributed 38 points while hitting 56.5% of his shots.

The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-21. So far, the team has gone 19-14-1 against the spread. In today’s game, Orlando will look to extend their 2 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 13.0 points.

In their previous game, the Magic took down the Spurs by a score of 133-113. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 6 point favorites. Orlando and the Spurs entered the second half all tied at 61. Leading the team in scoring was Cole Anthony, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 80.0% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Last season, the Lakers and Magic played 2 games against each other, with Los Angeles coming away with a win in each game. In game 1, they won by a score of 106-94, while adding a 116-106 victory in game 2. Similar to their season-long average, the Lakers averaged 111.0 points per game vs the Magic. Just like the Lakers, the Magic maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 99.5 points per game vs Los Angeles. Across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings between the teams, both Los Angeles and Orlando have an ATS record of 2-2-1. The Lakers hold the edge in average point differential at +8 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 212 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Heading into play, the Lakers offense is rated 7th in the league in scoring, averaging 115.7 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.2 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, Los Angeles remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 20.6 made free-throws per game.

On defense, the Lakers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 28th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Lakers 2nd leading scorer, Anthony Davis. In his 25 games, Davis is averaging 27.4 points per game while dishing out 2.6 assists and grabbing 12.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of LeBron James, who leads the team and is 9th in the NBA at 27.8 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 49.6% of his field goal attempts while taking 24.8% of the team’s shots from the floor.

The Magic come into today’s game as the 27th ranked scoring offense at 110.3 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.9 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 4th, with an average of 19.9 made free-throws per game.

On defense, the Magic will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 20th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

Small-Forward Franz Wagner currently leads the Magic at 19.8 points per game. For the season, he is 81st in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.7% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Wagner is averaging 4.0 boards and 3.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 9th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Paolo Banchero enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 27 games, he is averaging 21.7 and is 95th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Lakers vs Magic Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Magic -4
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 235.0

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