It’s an interconference clash on the parquet floor in the City of Angels. The Orlando Magic is on the road as they make the long, cross country trip to face the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday afternoon. Orlando was drubbed 112-87 on the road by the Nuggets Friday night in their last contest. Los Angeles picked up a 90-83 home win over Utah Friday night in their last game. The Lakers own a 38-27 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the Magic took a 130-117 home win in the first matchup this season November 17.
Orlando Magic Tries To Sweep Season Series
Orlando lost their second straight game as they were clobbered by Denver on the road Friday night. The Magic dropped under the .500 mark with the loss and now hopes to sweep the season series against the Lakers here. Orlando was down two after the opening quarter but was outscored 33-22 in the second to go down 13 at the half. The Magic drew no closer than seven in the second half as the Nuggets pulled away. Orlando shot 40.5 percent from the field and went eight of 32 from beyond the arc in the contest while losing the rebounding battle 51-37. Terrence Ross scored 18 off the bench to lead the Magic in the defeat. Orlando is 4-3 ATS on the road this season while the under is 4-3 in those contests.
The Magic has been below average this season putting the ball in the basket: they are 25th in the league with 105.5 points per game. Orlando stands 23rd on the glass with 42.7 boards per contest and is 6th with 25.9 assists a night. The Magic is 9th in scoring defense as they allow 108.8 points a game. Evan Fournier is third on the team with 16.1 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic (team high 19.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists), Aaron Gordon (16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds) and Terrence Ross (13.3 points) are all averaging in double figures this season. Jonathon Simmons, D.J. Augustin (10.3 points, 5.1 assists), Jarell Martin, Mo Bamba, Wesley Iwundu, Johnathan Isaac and Jerian Grant are all important pieces of the rotation for Steve Clifford. The Magic is tied for 16th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.1 percent as a team. Orlando is tied for 14th with 10.8 made threes per game while the team is tied for 22nd in three point percentage as they shoot 34 percent from downtown. Timofey Mozgov is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
Los Angeles Lakers Look to Stay Hot
It wasn’t pretty but the Lakers won their third straight and their seventh in the last eight games by taking down the Jazz. Los Angeles entered Saturday within a game of the Pacific Division lead. The game was tied at the half and Los Angeles led by one after three quarters before pulling away in the fourth to earn the victory. The Lakers shot 45.6 percent from the field and knocked down seven of 23 three point attempts in the win. Los Angeles overcame going 11 of 18 at the line and the fact that they turned the ball over 23 times. Brandon Ingram had 24 points to lead the Lakers in the win. Los Angeles is 3-6 ATS at home this season while the under is 5-3-1 in those contests.
The Lakers are 7th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 114.8 points per game. Los Angeles is 12th in rebounding with 46.4 boards per contest and 12th in assists with 24.2 per game. The Lakers stand 21st in the league in scoring defense as they allow 113 points per night. LeBron James leads Los Angeles with 28.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per contest. Kyle Kuzma kicks in 16.2 points per game while Brandon Ingram chips in 15.7 points a night. JaVale McGee (13.3 points, 6.4 boards, 2.56 blocks), Josh Hart (11.4 points) and Rajon Rondo (8.5 points, 6.5 assists) are all solid contributors as well. Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tyson Chandler, Michael Beasley and Sviatoslav Mykhailuk are key pieces in the rotation for coach Luke Walton. Rondo had surgery for a fractured hand and is out until late December. The Lakers are tied for 4th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.9 percent as a team. Los Angeles is tied for 17th in the league with 10.6 triples per game while standing tied for 12th in three point shooting at 35.8 percent from downtown.
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