The Los Angeles Lakers visit Florida to take on the Orlando Magic in a cross-conference battle on Friday evening. The Lakers are 22-23 overall with a 7-11 mark on the road. The Magic are 8-38 this season with an unsightly 2-16 mark in home games. Orlando has lost 13 of its last 14 games overall, however the Magic are 9-3 in their last 12 games at home against the Lakers.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET in Orlando. The Lakers are listed as five-point road favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 217.5 in the latest Lakers vs. Magic odds. Before you make any Magic vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Magic and locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Magic vs. Lakers:
- Lakers vs. Magic spread: Lakers -5
- Lakers vs. Magic over-under: 217.5 points
- Lakers vs. Magic money line: Lakers -210, Magic +175
- LAL: The Lakers are 8-10 against the spread in road games
- ORL: The Magic are 4-14 against the spread in home games
Why the Lakers can cover
The Lakers are in the top 10 of the NBA in myriad categories, including field goal percentage, two-point percentage, free throw creation, fast break points and points in the paint on offense. On defense, the top-10 marks are headlined by turnover creation, steals per game and blocks per game. From there, Los Angeles is facing an Orlando team that is struggling mightily on both ends of the floor, and the Lakers can take solace in that.
The Magic are No. 28 in the NBA in offensive rating and also No. 28 in field goal percentage. Orlando is in the bottom five of the league in 3-point accuracy, free throw creation and assists, with the seventh-most turnovers in the NBA. On the other end, the Magic are No. 25 in defensive rating with below-average rankings in shooting efficiency allowed, free throw attempts allowed, assists allowed and turnover creation.
Why the Magic can cover
Orlando can benefit from the weaknesses of Los Angeles. The Lakers are currently below the NBA average in offensive and defensive rating. Los Angeles is in the bottom third of the league in turnover rate on offense, with the No. 28 mark in free throw percentage. The Lakers are No. 27 in free throw attempts allowed and No. 28 assists allowed on defense, and Orlando has strengths of its own.
The Magic are in the top 10 of the NBA in free throw accuracy at 77.8 percent, and that is helpful if Orlando can use the Lakers' foul issues to its advantage. Orlando is also in the top eight of the NBA in fast break points allowed (11.3 per game) and points in the paint allowed (41.9 per game) this season.
How to make Magic vs. Lakers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 215 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model's NBA picks at SportsLine.
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