NBA FREE PICK: Orlando Magic -4
LA Lakers vs. Orlando,
01/20/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 80 - 92
Point Spread: -4/-105 Orlando
If you are looking for a great value play on Friday, lock in the Orlando Magic -4 at home against the Los Angeles Lakers!
The Lakers looked horrible on both sides of the floor in their loss to the Heat last night. They simply couldn't match the energy of the Heat, which is pretty surprising considering the magnitude of that game. In my opinion the Lakers are a tired basketball team, and there is little reason to believe they are going to pick up the intensity against the Magic, especially playing in the second game of a back-to-back set on the road.
Los Angeles has been a horrible team on the road this season. They are just 1-5 straight up and 1-5 ATS. Their only win came at Utah, a game in which they needed overtime.
Orlando comes into the game off a 83-85 overtime loss to the Spurs at home. It was just the fourth loss of the season for Orlando. They have followed up their first three losses of the season by going out and winning the next time out, all by at least 7-points.
Los Angeles is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5. BET THE MAGIC!