NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers
Sunday, 12/2/12, 9:30 PM EST, TV:  TWSN
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The Los Angeles Lakers have won and covered the spread in all three of their Sunday games this year

Orlando hits the road after losing the final three games of a five-game homestand, as it comes off a 98-86 setback to the Brooklyn Nets as five-point underdogs on Friday.  The Magic will also be competing against on of their former teammates for the first time, as Dwight Howard played the first eight seasons of his career in the Sunshine State.  “I don’t care about facing Howard and the Lakers,” stated Magic center Glen Davis.  “We’ve got problems over here.”  Orlando is 11-5 ATS versus Pacific division teams the last two-plus seasons.

The Magic are being led offensively by Davis, who is averaging 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, while their starting backcourt of Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson are both averaging in double figures.  Orlando is 14-32 all-time against Los Angeles during the regular season, including a 4-18 mark on the road.  It’s still important to note that the franchise has won six of the last nine meetings in this series, but that was with Howard in tow.

Los Angeles has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, entering this contest off a dominating 122-103 win over the Denver Nuggets as 5.5-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for the first time in three contests.  The Lakers got a huge effort out of Howard in that affair, as he scored 28 points and grabbed a season-high 20 rebounds.  He is averaging 18.6 points and 11.1 rebounds in playing 36.1 points a contest.  Los Angeles is 9-11 ATS in December since 2010, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread.

The Lakers are 7-4 at home at the Staples Center in the early going, which includes a 2-1 mark versus Eastern Conference foes.  Los Angeles has managed to win and cover the spread in each of its Sunday games this year, with the OVER going 2-1 in those affairs.  It will be interesting to see if the team’s reserves can build off their strong performance on Friday, as they scored 61 points, with Antwan Jamison leading the way with 33.

Sports bettors will likely back the Lakers due to the home team being 3-1-1 ATS in this series, while the Magic are 2-5 ATS on the road versus a team with a winning home record.

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