The Los Angeles Lakers (33-7) will try to extend their nine-game winning streak against the Orlando Magic (19-21) at Staples Center. Action gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
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The Magic barely escaped the Sacramento Kings in their last matchup, 114-112, covering as 1-point favorites. Nikola Vucevic was Orlando’s leading scorer with 26 points on 9-for-23 shooting. Orlando dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.272 (above their season average of 0.197) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.1 (above their season average of 22.0). For those same stats, Sacramento recorded marks of 0.114 and 12.8, respectively. The two teams combined to put up 226 points, which was over the projected point total of 212.
The last time the Lakers took the court, they easily covered the 14-point spread against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 128-99. Dwight Howard fueled Los Angeles with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Los Angeles dominated every stat category in the game. They had an absurdly low turnover percentage of 8.2 (better than their season average of 12.7) and a free throw rate of 0.239 (above their season average of 0.194). For those same stats, Cleveland was 16.6 and 0.188, respectively. Combined, the two squads scored 227 points, which finished over the O/U total of 222.
This battle pits one of the NBA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Los Angeles currently ranks fourth in offensive efficiency and Orlando ranks fifth in defensive efficiency.
Both of these teams tend to finish under the projected point total. Orlando games have gone under 55.0 percent of the time, while games featuring Los Angeles have gone under 55.0 percent of the time. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Lakers have a substantial advantage. They are 33-7 SU and 22-17-1 ATS, while the Magic are 19-21 SU and 19-17-4 ATS.
These two clubs have already met once this season. The two teams combined to put up 183 points in that game, which was well under the projected point total of 210.5. The Lakers won 96-87, covering as 8.5-point favorites. The Lakers played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.7 and a turnover percentage of 12.0. The Magic were 17.8 and 13.7, respectively, for those same stats. LeBron James played a huge role in the victory, recording a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Lakers ATS Prediction
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The Lakers rank fifth in second chance points per game (14.6) while the Magic rank 22nd (12.4).
Orlando ranks first in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.1) while Los Angeles ranks 10th (16.1).
Orlando averages 8.7 steals per game, which ranks third in the league. Los Angeles ranks 19th in steals allowed per game (8.0).
Orlando is 10-7-2 ATS on the road, while Los Angeles is 11-8-1 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 11 of the Magic’s 19 road games, while 12 of the Lakers’ 20 home games have gone under.
When allowing less than 100 points, Orlando is 11-4 and Los Angeles is 14-0.
When scoring more than 100 points, the Magic are 15-9 and the Lakers are 29-7.
The Lakers rank third in rebounds allowed per game (42.0) while the Magic rank 19th (46.3).
Los Angeles ranks second in points in the paint per game (53.9) while Orlando ranks 28th (44.4).
The Lakers rank second in fast break points per game (18.1) while the Magic rank 21st (12.0).
The Lakers average 7.3 blocks per game, which ranks first in the league. The Magic rank eighth in blocks allowed per game (4.4).
Los Angeles ranks fifth in assists per game (25.9) while Orlando ranks 24th (22.4).
Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its past five games, Orlando is 4-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Lakers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 19.2, up from 8.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 105.6 points per game (1.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 99.4 points per game (4.1 below their season average).