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NBA Betting? Orlando vs. Los Angeles Predictions

NBA betting action sees the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Orlando Magic on Friday, Jan. 9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Cappers Picks provides free NBA handicapping tips all season long.

2015 NBA Picks

Orlando (13-25) vs. Los Angeles (11-25)
Friday, Jan. 9
10:30 p.m. ET
Staples Center
TV: Local
NBA Betting Lines: Lakers -3.5  
NBA Betting Total: 202.5
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Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic are about to enter a brutal part of their schedule. Following Friday’s game against the Lakers, the team will take on the Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder in consecutive matchups.

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The Lakers aren’t on the level of any of those franchises, which is why Friday’s game is the best chance for the Magic to pull out a win during such a tough stretch.

So far this season, Orlando has struggled putting the ball in the basket. The team is just 28th in points per game (93.8 PPG), but the good news is that it’s going up against the 29th team leaguewide in terms of points allowed.

Unfortunately, history doesn’t bode well for this matchup.

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The Magic are just 5-19 in the all-time series between these two organizations.

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles’ problem is obvious: The team can’t stop anybody.

Thirty-six games into the season, L.A. is giving up 108.2 points per contest.

It’s 29th in that category, and it’s also 29th in field-goal percentage allowed.

The good news is that the team has been more competitive as of late.

The point margin since Dec. 26 is a minus-1.8, and while that still equates to more losses than wins, it lends hope to the idea that the team can be effective defensively at home against a struggling offense.

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The line favors the homeside by -3.5 at the time of publication, and we know that the Magic give up approximately 100 points per game while scoring less than 93 of their own.

NBA Handicapping Trends:

  • Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games
  • Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss
  • Lakers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games
  • Lakers are 2-0-2 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing SU record
  • Lakers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games with 1 day’s rest
  • Magic are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 Friday games
  • Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win
  • Magic are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games
  • Magic are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a losing home record

4* NBA Prediction: Los Angeles 100 – Orlando 90

The question is: Will the Lakers’ awful defense step up at home?

If the answer is no, Orlando could come away with a win both straight up and against the spread. But if the team locks down a struggling offense, as we expect them to, it could be smooth sailing in the final minutes for L.A.

Check out our Updated NBA Betting Odds.

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