Los Angeles Lakers at Orlando Magic – NBA April 26

Lakers (35-25, 18-12) at Magic (18-44, 10-22, home)

  • Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
  • Place: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • TV: AT&T SportsNet | CW Twin Cities

Opening Tip

The Lakers have lost four of their last five and are longing for the return of Lebron James which they hope will bolster their playoff position and allow them to defend their World Championship. The team predictably has been shaky without James and the coaching staff is continuing to work Anthony Davis back into the lineup as the Lakers sit at a 5-seed and are 1.5 games from fading into sixth in the Western Conference.

Orlando now is dealing with the positive COVID-19 test of coach Steve Clifford who is asymptomatic and says he is feeling okay. Tyrone Corbin takes the reigns with Clifford sidelined.

The Magic has lost 11 out of the last 12 games and have turned the lineups over to a youth movement that will certainly see them acquire some veteran leadership as well as a potential top-three pick in the NBA Draft.

The two teams have split the last 10 games as the Lakers slipped by the Magic, 96-93, on Feb. 28 at Staples Center.

Key Injuries

  • Los Angeles LakersKentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle), Marc Gasol (finger), Dennis Schröder (calf) – Day to Day; Anthony Davis (calf) – Probable; Jared Dudley (knee), Lebron James (ankle) – OUT
  • Orlando MagicMichael Carter-Williams (ankle), James Ennis (calf), Otto Porter (foot), Terrence Ross (back) -OUT

Vs. The Spread

Lakers (29-32, ATS):

  • The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of LA’s last 10 contests
  • Los Angeles is 1-6 ATS in it’s last 7 games vs. Orlando

Magic (28-31-1, ATS):

  • The OVER has been the play in 6 of Orlando’s last 7 games
  • However, the total has gone UNDER in 11 of the last 14 matchups between the Lakers and Magic
  • Orlando is 6-1 SU in it’s last 7 games vs. the Lakers

Last Time Out

The Dallas Mavericks completed the two-game sweep of a back-to-back in handing the Lakers a 108-93 set back on Saturday night. Los Angeles shot a season-low 38.4 percent from the field as Ben McLemore made his first start in nine games for LA and led with 20 points.

Indiana shot 54.9 percent from the field and bombed the Magic, 131-112, Sunday night in Orlando. Much of the story center around a gruesome open ankle fracture suffered by Devin Cannady in the first half of the game. He had joined the team after being a key in leading the Lakeland Magic to the G-League championship. Dwayne Bacon led seven Magic in double figures with 20 points.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Lakers -10 (-110) -600 O 209 (-110)
Magic +10 (-110) +450 U 209 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Advantage, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Lakers LogoMixing and matching with major injuries and nagging injuries with being the task for the Los Angeles Lakers. Ben McLemore could once again play a key role in the game as he will certainly see time on the point with Caldwell-Pope and Schröder potentially out of the line-up. Kyle Kuzma needs to get more aggressive in trying to score as he has averaged only 13 points over his last three games.

Key Lakers Stat:

Montrezl Harrell was out of Saturday as well after he played major minutes and made 7-of-8 shots from the floor and scored 14 poitns in the 115-110 loss to the Mavericks last Thursday. LA needs his offensive aggression coming off the bench. He struggled in that mode in the two previous games against the Jazz although he made 5-of-7 shots in the Lakers win on April 17.

Lakers Fact:

Andre Drummond tallied 31 rebounds in the two games vs. the Mavericks. His physicality in the middle will be a key in a playoff run should Anthony Davis not be at 100 percent. Drummond has started all nine games since he has been traded and has averaged 11.1 points and 10.2 rebounds in playing 25.9 minutes.

Advantage, Orlando

Orlando Magic LogoWith as much turnover as the Magic have incurred, they may have more chemistry and connectivity than the Lakers as LA still has a revolving door in and out of its lineup. Dwayne Bacon has emerged as a leader on this team as he has made 40 starts. He is getting 10.6 points per game and had a career-high of 26 points in the earlier loss to the Lakers.

Picking up Wendell Carter (14.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg)has been a success as he has started 12 games since coming over from Chicago and led the Magic in scoring four times, and has led Orlando in each of those games in rebounding.

Key Magic Stat:

The defense or lack there of has been eye-popping in the last two losses to the Pelicans and the Pacers as the two teams averaged shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and 133 points. They two combined made exactly 100 field goals. Opponents make 47.9 percent of their shots and they also make 37.6 percent of their triples.

Magic Fact:

Mo Bamba continues to play big minutes as he has scored 17 points in each of the last two games while averaging 9.5 rebounds. He has played in 36 games and has scored double figures in seven of his last nine games.

Winner: Lakers (-10) 112, Magic 110

The Bets
Los Angeles Lakers -10
-110
Los Angeles Lakers
-600
OVER 209
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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