Magic's Ineptness A Welcome Sight for Revenge-Minded Lakers

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 3:28 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018 3:28 PM UTC

While Orlando is in full-on tank mode, Los Angeles is making a run in the Western Conference and is favored in tonight's game. What's the best play with your NBA picks?

Wednesday NBA: Magic vs. LakersFree NBA Pick: Over 226Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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There are several NBA franchises that have been mismanaged and poorly run for years. While teams such as the Kings, Knicks, and Suns get a lot of press for how bad they are and how bad they have been managed, the Magic are right up there on the ineptitude meter.

They flipped Elfrid Payton to the Suns for nothing at the trade deadline, and he has been playing well for Phoenix. Two years ago Orlando traded Tobias Harris for Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings in another lop-sided deal, and of course they flipped lyasova, Domantas Sabonis, and Victor Oladipo for Serge Ibaka, who they kept for a minute and then traded him to the Raptors for Terrence Ross.

If you’re keeping track at home, the Magic have basically traded away Sabonis, Oladipo, Ibaka, and Harris for Ross and a couple picks. My 2-year-old daughters even know they got shafted.

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With that kind of front-office mess, the Magic's product on the court has been – as expected – really bad. They have lost eight of their past 10 games and haven’t won a road game in more than a month.

That being said, the Magic beat the Lakers 127-105 in Orlando at the end of January. With the way the Lakers are playing right now, they should have revenge in mind. Even without Brandon Ingram on the court this season the Lakers have played well on offense with a 108.2 offensive rating, according to Basketball Reference.

Orlando is only 7-17 cashing the "over" against the West this season, and 4-7 cashing the "over" in non-conference road games. If you take away their recent loss at Utah, they are 4-2 cashing the "over" in their last six road games. They'll make it seven straight tonight based on the total posted on the NBA odds board.

In going with the "over" in your NBA picks, look for the Lakers to take advantage of Orlando's poor defense tonight, and expect this one to be played up in pace as well.

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