The Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers have a Sunday night meeting at the Staples Center. It feels like the Magic have been on the wrist coast for the last month. This will be their fourth straight game on their California tour.
They opened with a 126-95 loss against the, and then took off to Sacramento for a 142-130 loss. In their most recent attempt, they showed up with a better effort in a 106-104 final against the Magic.
Franz Wagner today:
8-10 FG (80%)
He became the first Magic rookie to score 20+ PTS & shoot 80% from the field on 10+ attempts since Victor Oladipo in 2014. pic.twitter.com/HN6Pxjyttc
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) December 11, 2021
Orlando came up short by a bucket, but it was good to see the Magic putting in better work in that one at the Staples Center. In any event, the fact remains that the Magic are a 5-22 team going back to the Staples Center against the Lakers.
They have been without Jalen Suggs over the last two weeks. He fractured his thumb and remains out indefinitely. The wins and losses don’t mean so much for the Magic. What means more is developing Suggs and giving him experience.
That isn’t happening with Suggs on the shelf nursing a bad thumb. It would actually help the Magic if they tank and aim for another top-5 selection while allowing Suggs to get better. They wouldn’t have the best chance to win the draft lottery at the moment.
The Detroit Pistons, who drafted Cade Cunningham with the first selection, are a game worse than the Magic with just four wins. If the Magic are interested in bringing the same energy as they did against the Clippers yesterday, maybe they have a case to make this one interesting.
If the Magic can upset the Lakers, it’ll only be their second win in the last 12th game. The Lakers are coming off a 116-95 win at OKC following a sloppy effort the day before. The Lakers looked disinterested in a 108-95 loss against the Grizzlies.
King led the charge with his 600th career 30-point game ? pic.twitter.com/ZXxCgOemB7
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 11, 2021
The Lakers have four wins in their last six attempts as their up and down season continues. They enter tonight at 14-13 and looking for some consistency.
They went from easily beating the Celtics, losing to the Grizzlies, and then pulling away from the Thunder. That sums up the Lakers’ season in three games. Which team shows up tonight? Head below for our free Magic vs. Lakers pick on December 12, 2021.
Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Orlando Magic||+10 (-110)||+450||Over 220.5 (-110)|
|LA Lakers||-10 (-110)||-600||Under 220.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Orlando Magic||LA Lakers|
|Points Per Game||101.6||111.4|
|Points Against Per Game||112.0||112.1|
|Field Goal %||42.4||46.5|
|Three Point %||32.6||35.3|
Magic vs. Lakers Prediction:
It’s almost like the Lakers believe they can just flip a switch when they want. That’s not how you want to go about your season.
When the Lakers want to put in a complete effort from the starters and bench, they’re fully capable of making inferior teams like the Magic look silly.
The Lakers’ offense can score plenty when they’re into the game. They are fourth in the NBA with an average of 111.4 points per game.
LA is shooting an impressive 46.5% from the field for fifth. They can do the basics better, though. The Lakers are hitting at a 73.4% clip from the three throw line, good for 28th in the league.
Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends:
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games on a back-to-back
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games on a Sunday
- 0-9 overall in their previous nine games on the road
- 1-9 overall in their previous ten games
- 7-3 ATS in their previous ten games in December
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games versus the Eastern Conference
- 5-14 ATS in their previous 19 games as a favorite
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games at the Staples Center
- UNDER is 4-1 in their previous five games
- UNDER is 6-1 in their previous seven games after a win by more than 10 points
The Magic haven’t had much offensive punch this season. They’re 28th in the NBA with 101.6 points per game. Orlando is bad from the field with a 42.4% field goal percentage, and 28th from three with a 32.6% three-point percentage.
As a healthy team, the Magic would have something better offensively. Jalen Suggs isn’t the only absentee. Michael Carter-Williams and Markelle Fultz have been sidelined as well.
Carter-Williams and Fultz haven’t played in a game this season, so the Magic were short-handed to open the season. The Magic are doing what they can with what they have, leaning heavily on rookie Franz Wagner.
If Anthony Davis has some motivation to play well tonight, he should be able to handle Wagner. Motivation for AD has been questionable this season, but I’ll back him to some up after getting the OKC game off.
Expect the Magic to make things interesting in the first-half. However, they likely run out of gas on the road in their fourth straight game in California. I like the Lakers by 14 or 15 points at home in this one.