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Magic vs Lakers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Sunday, March 19th
- Betting Odds LAL -6.5, ORL +199 | LAL -244 O/U 230.0
So far, the Magic have put together an overall record of 29-42, while going 38-32-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The Magic are coming off a 113-108 win over the Clippers. This away win came despite entering the game as the 6 point underdogs. Orlando went into halftime with a narrow 2 point lead before being able to slightly add to that margin by the games end. In the win, Markelle Fultz led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 58.8%.
The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 34-37. So far, the team has gone 34-34-3 against the spread. Los Angeles will take the court having lost 2 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -2.5 points per game.
The Lakers are coming off a dissappointing 111-110 loss to the Mavericks. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 3 points. Los Angeles was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 8. In the loss, Anthony Davis led the team in scoring with 26 points on a field goal percentage of 64.3%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Lakers picked up the win 129-110 win over the Magic. Heading into the game, Los Angeles was the 3.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Magic averaged 99.5 points per game vs the Lakers. Similar to the Magic, the Lakers scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Orlando, the team averaged 111.0 points per game. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-1-1 in favor of the Lakers. In these matchups, Los Angeles has averaged 112 points per game, while allowing 101. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 213 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Magic come into today’s game as the 26th ranked scoring offense at 111.6 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 10.6 made 3’s per game. If Orlando continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 16th in the league in possessions 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.
On offense, Franz Wagner leads the Magic in scoring at 18.7 points per game, placing him 63rd in the NBA. Overall, Wagner has hit 48.8% of his shots while accounting for 16.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 25th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 20.0 points per game, Paolo Banchero is the 2nd leading scorer for the Magic. For the season, he is 168th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 42.5%.
Los Angeles will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 116.5 points per game (8th). Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.6 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Los Angeles is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 102.0 possessions 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.
Without LeBron James, Los Angeles will need Anthony Davis to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Orlando today. This season, James leads the team in scoring with 29.5 points per game. Davis is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 26.1 points per game, which places him 16.0th in the NBA. In his 45 games, he has hit 56.2% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 12.5 rebounds per game.
Magic vs Lakers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Magic +6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 230.0