Magic And Lakers Are Good Road Bets For Tuesday’s NBA Slate

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:03 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 3:03 PM UTC

The Magic are as hot as they have been all season as they take on the Pelicans who are going through a lot of internal drama, while the Lake Show rolls into Atlanta for a much needed win.

Orlando (25-32 SU, 29-26-2 ATS) at New Orleans (25-32 SU, 27-29-1)Tuesday 8 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Magic ATSBest Line Offered: Pinnacle

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The Orlando Magic are getting hot as the All-Star break approaches. They won their third consecutive game and fifth in six outings when they beat the Hawks 124-108 on Sunday night in Atlanta. They will try for a sweep of their three-game road trip when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.

Orlando began this trip with a 103-83 victory against the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, although the Bucks didn't play All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was resting a sore right knee on the back end of a back-to-back set.

The Magic fared better in their own set of back-to-backs when they beat Atlanta. Seven Orlando players scored between 10 and 19 points. It marked the first time in nearly five years that the Magic has won road games on consecutive days.

The Pelicans, meanwhile, are limping toward the All-Star Break. They defeated Minnesota, 122-117, last Friday in All-Star forward Anthony Davis first game after a three-week absence. But they lost one night later at Memphis, 99-90.

The Grizzlies held New Orleans to its lowest point total of the season as the Pelicans lost for the seventh time in their last 10 games.

Davis, who was limited to 25 minutes against the Timberwolves in his first game back from a finger injury, played 34 minutes against Memphis and had 14 points and 16 rebounds. But he couldn't prevent New Orleans from shooting a season-worst 39.5 percent from the floor.

Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 21 points, making 7 of 13 shots. New Orleans made 6 of 33 3-point attempts.

Orlando is 15-12 ATS on the road this season, while the Pelicans are just 13-13 ATS at home this year. The Magic should be able to go down to the Big Easy and take care of business against a Pelicans team who is not exactly trying to win anyway as they navigate their way through this Anthony Davis saga for the rest of the season.

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Los Angeles Lakers (28-28 SU, 25-30-1 ATS) at Atlanta (18-38 SU, 24-32 ATS)Tuesday 7:30 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Lakers ATSBest LIne Offered: Heritage

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The Los Angeles Lakers will make their only appearance in Atlanta on Tuesday night, and Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce knows it won't be a typical mid-week game.

State Farm Arena will be sold out, loud and loaded with gold-clad fans who want to see the visiting team and its star player, LeBron James.

Atlanta is in the midst of a seven-game homestand. The Hawks have dropped their first three games, to Toronto, Charlotte and Orlando. They did not play well in Sunday's 124-108 loss to the Magic, a game in which Pierce took out all his starters as a unit in the middle of the third quarter in an attempt to send a message.

The Lakers are playing the finale of a six-game road trip. They have lost seven of their last 10 and were embarrassed 143-120 by the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

As usual, most eyes will be on James, who has appeared in 38 games, missing 17 with a strained groin and one because of load management. He is averaging 26.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists.

Power forward Kyle Kuzma has been playing at a high level. He scored 39 points and knocked down five 3-pointers against Philadelphia. The second-year player scored 25 in the previous game, a win at Boston.

Atlanta is led by forward John Collins, who averages 19.3 points and 9.8 rebounds, and rookie Trae Young who averages 16.8 points and 7.4 assists. Both were selected to play in the Rising Stars Game during the NBA All-Star Weekend.

The Lakers beat the Hawks 107-106 in Los Angeles in November on a dunk by James with 18 seconds remaining. Young's last-second shot was blocked by Tyson Chandler to secure the win. The Hawks played without Collins. The Lakers swept the series a year ago.

The Lakers are playing without Lonzo Ball, who has missed nine games with a left ankle sprain. Josh Hart is out after receiving a PRP injection. The Hawks are fairly healthy, with Collins playing with a sore right knee.

The Lakers are only 14-14 ATS on the road this season, but are 14-10 when LeBron plays, and now that the King is back the Lakers are going to play a much better brand of basketball as they make their playoff push. Smart Bettors will take the Lakers and lay the points against the Hawks. The game opened with the Lakers being favored by five points and that margin is more than enough for LeBron to cover.

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