Dec 2nd, 2012 by PJ LaFerla
The Orlando Magic take a trip to Southern California Sunday evening, December 2 for a betting matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers that will take place at the Staples Center, with tip off schedule for 9:35 PM EST.
The Oddsmakers have set the line listing the Lakers as a hefty -13 point home favorite, while posting the over/under total at 197 1/2 points.
The Magic have lost three games in a row and currently stand with just five wins compared to ten losses on the season. They are slightly better against the spread with a 7-8 overall record and 4-2 ATS when playing on the road. As an underdog this season they have produced five point spread coveres in twelve chances.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are a very disappointing 8-8 straight up after sixteen games played this season. They are even worse against the spread at 7-9, but are a modest 6-5 ATS at home. They have been listed as the favorite in 12 matchups this season and produced seven ATS victories in that spot. They average 100.6 points a night, which ranks 7th best in the league.
The Magic are only 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five games played on a Sunday and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
They have gone over the posted total in five of their last six games against teams in the Pacific Division, but are under in four of their last five games played on the road.
The Lakers are a perfect 7-0 ATS in their last seven games played on a Sunday, but are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven versus teams in the Eastern Conference.
Twelve of their last sixteen games played on a Sunday have gone over the posted total.
The Lakers will win this game straight up. The only thing left to decide is if they will cover the point spread. I think a motivated Dwight Howard leads the purple and gold to a blowout victory over his former team.
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