Betting on basketball handicappers still believe that the Lakers have time to pull themselves together for another championship run in the NBA betting post season.
The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Orlando Magic on Monday night with a starting time of 10:30 PM ET and a telecast on ESPN. This is a rematch of the 2009 NBA Finals and has major playoff implications for this year. Be sure and open your Sports Gambling account for action on the side and total on this inter-conference matchup.
Orlando had a record of 41-25 straight up and 29-36-1 with the NBA lines. The Magic were a poor value on the road with a mark of just 12 payouts in 31 games. Dwight Howard remains one of the premier players in the NBA and the best big man as he led the Magic with 22.8 points and 14 rebounds per game.
The Lakers had a record of 46-20 straight up and were a poor value at home, as is almost always the case, with a mark of 12-18 against the spread. LA went under the NBA betting odds total in 19 of their 30 home games.
The Lakers were showing better board value as of late with 7 payouts in 9 games since February 22. Los Angeles was led by Kobe Bryant’s 25.1 points and 4.8 assists per game.
Orlando beat the Lakers 89-75 to get the money in a pick ‘em game at home on February 13 as the matchup went under the total in the only previous meeting of the season between these two teams. The Lakers have gotten the money in 4 of their last 6 games against the Magic and the series has gone under the total in 8 of the last 9 meetings between the two teams.
Orlando has been an excellent board value at Los Angeles with 5 payouts in their last 6 games at the Staples Center. The series has gone under the total in 10 out of the last 12 meetings between the teams at Los Angeles. The last 5 matchups between the Magic and Lakers in LA have gone under the betting on basketball total.