The Los Angeles Clippers (14-5) are expected to have their two biggest stars back in the lineup when they take on the Orlando Magic (8-11) on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have cleared health and safety protocols and are set return to action in this cross-conference matchup. Patrick Beverley (knee) remains out for Los Angeles. Guard Michael Carter-Williams (foot) will be out for Orlando.
Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET at the Amway Center in Orlando. The Clippers vs. Magic odds from William Hill Sportsbook have seen huge movement since news broke that George and Leonard would play. Los Angeles is now a 6.5-point favorite after opening as a two-point underdog. The over-under is up to 218 after opening at 212.5. Before finalizing any Clippers vs. Magic picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the model at SportsLine.
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- Magic vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -6.5
- Magic vs. Clippers over-under: 218 points
- Magic vs. Clippers money line: Clippers -240; Magic +200
What you need to know about the Clippers
Los Angeles managed to beat the Heat 109-105 on Thursday without Leonard and George. Now the Clippers will be much closer to full strength as they take on the Magic with their two biggest stars. Los Angeles averages 113.6 points per game this season, ranking eighth in the NBA. They've been strong on the defensive end as well, giving up just 107.2 per outing. Only the Knicks, Lakers and Jazz rank ahead of them in that category.
Lou Williams (9.4 ppg) and Nicolas Batum (10.2) have both stepped up with George and Leonard out the past couple games. Center Serge Ibaka is averaging 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds on the season. The Clippers are 11-8 against the spread on the season and 6-3 ATS on the road.
What you need to know about the Magic
Meanwhile, Orlando lost to the Sacramento Kings 121-107 at home on Wednesday. The Magic were down 96-77 at the end of the third quarter. Nikola Vucevic had 26 points along with nine boards and Evan Fournier had 25 points in addition to three blocks. The Magic have lost three of their past five games. They trailed from start to finish against the Kings, and were down by as many as 22 points.
Orlando is coming into the game scoring the third fewest points per game in the league, with only 105.6 on average. The Magic have made 10-plus 3-pointers in seven consecutive games. Orlando is averaging 46.6 rebounds per game, which is sixth in the league.
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