Surging Lakers Set Up for Trap Game in Magic Kingdom?

Friday, November 16, 2018 5:38 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 5:38 PM UTC

LeBron James and the surging Los Angeles Lakers head across country to open a three-game road trip at Orlando on Saturday night. Bet confident with 

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">LA Lakers (8-6 SU, 5-9 ATS) at Orlando (7-8 SU, 7-8 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Saturday, 7 p.m. ET</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Magic ATS</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3570008, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,999991,93,169,238], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Now we find out if the Los Angeles Lakers have been “fixed.” Yes, they are playing much better, but they have also been on the West Coast since Halloween. Little travel and staying in one time zone can matter. On Saturday, the Lakers <a href="" rel="nofollow">start a three-game road trip in Orlando.</a> It’s followed by a visit to Miami on Sunday and LeBron James’ return to Cleveland on Wednesday. All games the Lakers should win.</p><p>Saturday’s game could be tricky in a way because I’m sure the Lakers players are looking forward to flying to Miami as soon as this one is over. Trust me, all NBA players look forward to going to South Beach.</p><p>The Magic and Lakers have one major tie at the moment and that’s first-year Orlando coach Steve Clifford. He was an assistant with the Lakers during the 2012-13 campaign. The Lakers and Magic split last year, each winning at home. Orlando’s was a 127-105 blowout victory, while L.A.’s was on two last-second free throws.</p><p>Orlando has won nine of the past 10 at Amway Arena in the series.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Jonathan Isaac just met Joel Embiid at the rim and won 😱 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;November 15, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Which Magic Show Up?</h2><p>Orlando has proven it can beat anyone (Boston, San Antonio, Philadelphia) but also lose to anyone (Charlotte, Sacramento). The good Magic showed Wednesday in a 111-106 win over the 76ers so the team will be well-rested here – although it plays again Sunday vs. the Knicks.</p><p>Terrence Ross hit the go-ahead 3-pointer vs. Philly in Jimmy Butler’s debut with 8.7 seconds left. The Magic outscored the 76ers 35-19 in the fourth quarter, including a 21-0 run. Nik Vucevic led Orlando with 30 points and hit two clinching free throws with 5.8 seconds to go. Jonathan Isaac returned after missing six games due to injury and had six rebounds, four points and one amazing block of Joel Embiid in 16 minutes. Isaac is an athletic freak.</p><p>The Lakers won their fourth straight on Wednesday, 126-117 over visiting Portland. LeBron had his best game in Purple &amp; Gold with 44 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. James passed some guy named Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the league’s all-time scoring list. Next up is some other dude named Michael Jordan, although it will be a while.</p><p>The news wasn’t all good Wednesday as Rajon Rondo fractured his hand and will miss 3-5 weeks. Rondo had been coming off the bench but playing well. Lonzo Ball figures to get an uptick in minutes and Brandon Ingram could see some minutes as the backup point guard. Ingram thrived at the point last season when Ball was injured.</p><ul> <li>Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.</li> <li>Lakers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.</li></ul><p>FiveThirtyEight lists L.A. as a -1-point Elo favorite with a 53 percent chance of victory. We think the travel and big change in time zone will affect the Lakers. Take the Magic for a <a href="" rel="nofollow">Saturday NBA pick ATS.</a></p>
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