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Where: STAPLES Center
When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 10:30 pm ET
We have a non-conference NBA matchup to consider when the Orlando Magic meet the Los Angeles Lakers for game two of their two-game season series. Orlando lost game one to the Lakers and enter this matchup hoping to extend a one-game winning streak. Los Angeles defeated Orlando 96-87 and has a nine-game winning streak on the line when they host the Magic on Wednesday night.
Orlando Defeats SacramentoThe Magic have won three of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Orlando would be the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Wednesday marks game three of a six-game road trip and Orlando is 1-1 thus far on this trip. Orlando faces the Los Angeles Clippers followed by Golden State and Charlotte and a win over the Lakers would improve a miserable 6-14 road record.
Orlando scores a league-worst 103.8 points while allowing a league-best 103.5 points per game and is shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 33 percent from downtown and 77 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Magic have seven players scoring in double figures and are led by guard Evan Fournier. The veteran sharpshooter averages 19.2 points per game with 2.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Fournier is dropping 40 percent of his triple tries this season and is coming off a 25 point, six assist ballgame in Orlando’s two-point road win over the Sacramento Kings.
Lakers Seven Game Winning StreakThe Lakers are riding a seven-game winning streak and if the regular season were to end today, Los Angeles would be the number one seed in the Western Conference and also has the second-best record in the NBA. Wednesday night is game two of a two-game homestand and embarks on a five-game road trip beginning Saturday in Houston.
🎥 Frank Vogel gives his thoughts on the Lakers sizzling 2nd half, Dwight Howard's impact, and Alex Caruso's importance to the team's success. pic.twitter.com/vDw2cpYEOM— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 14, 2020
Los Angeles scores an average of 113.5 points and allows a third-best 105.1 points per game while shooting a league-best 48.6 percent from the floor, a league-best 36 percent from downtown and 74.2 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Lakers have three players scoring in double digits and are led by All-Star forward Anthony Davis. Davis averages 27.1 points per game with a team-high 9.4 rebounds along with a team-high 2.1 blocked shots this season. Davis is listed as questionable with some sort of shoulder injury causing him to miss the past three games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will be going with the Lakers in this matchup. This game should be a low scoring affair featuring two of the top three defenses in the league. The Lakers offense is darn good and they will go out and outscore the league's worst-ranked offense. Orlando isn’t a very good road team and even if they were better than its 6-13 road record, the Lakers would still beat them because Los Angeles is simply too good for the Magic and especially so at home where they are 16-4 this season. I will take the Lakers to beat Orlando on Wednesday night.
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this one at 211 points and that number might be a tad bit high for this matchup. Both teams play at a below-average pace and I expect a slow game that won’t get enough possessions to exceed 211 points. We have two of the top three defenses in the NBA featured here and two bottom 15 offensive rebounding teams and without offensive rebounds, we don’t see as many second-chance points. This one will be all defense and I will play UNDER at 211 and above on Wednesday night.