LA Lakers versus Orlando Magic Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 12-2-2012

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The 5-10 Orlando Magic will make the road trip out west to face their former teammate Dwight Howard and the 8-8 LA Lakers in an NBA pro basketball game on Sunday night. Tip off time from Staples Center in Los Angeles is scheduled for 9:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBA TV.

The current NBA odds from this game have the home team LA Lakers favored by -13 points and the over under line of 199 points. There has been no movement in the line since it was released a few hours ago. Trend: Orlando Magic is 0-4 ATS in their past four games.

The Magic is just 1-5 straight up on the road this season. They start this west coast road trip with a three game losing streak and have consecutive double digit losses at home to San Antonio and on Friday they drop a 98-86 decision to Brooklyn. Offensively the Magic has had their problems as they average just 91 points per game which is 28th and third to last in the league with 43% shooting. You know you have problems when Glen Big Baby Davis is you leading scorer at nearly 15 points per game.

The Lakers are 8-8 on the season and pick up a 122-103 win on Friday night against the Nuggets as a -5 ½ point favorite. LA did catch a break getting Denver on the back end of a back to back while LA had two days of rest since the 79-77 home loss to Indiana. What was promising was the Lakers response with practice time following the Pacers game. The slide of Pau Gasol has to be concerning He averages just 12 points a game which is 5 point lower than last season and lowest in his career. Gasol is making just 42% of his shots also a career low. Pau had shot 50% or greater in nine straight season.

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