The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a tough overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night, and it could impact how they approach Monday’s matchup with the Orlando Magic.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham revealed the team has not made a call on Anthony Davis or LeBron James playing in this game just yet – and if they sit it could swing this game in Orlando’s favor.
The Magic, who are 2-0 this season, come into this game as slight underdogs. The team is looking to make the leap in the Eastern Conference into the playoff picture this season, and it has one of the deeper young cores n the NBA.
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Magic vs. Lakers odds, spread and total
Magic vs. Lakers how to watch
- Date: Monday, Oct. 30
- Game Time: 10:30 p.m. EST
- Venue: Crypto.com Arena
- How to Watch (TV): NBA TV, Spectrum SportsNet, Bally Sports Florida
- Orlando Magic Record: 2-0
- Los Angeles Lakers Record: 1-2
Magic vs. Lakers injury reports
Los Angeles Lakers injury report
- Jarred Vanderbilt – out
- Jalen Hood-Schifino – out
Orlando Magic injury report
- Kevon Harris – day-to-day
Magic vs. Lakers key players to watch
Cole Anthony: After signing a new deal with Orlando to keep him with the team beyond this season, Cole Anthony has been solid off the bench for the Magic, averaging 19.0 points per game through the team’s first two contests.
Franz Wagner: Franz Wagner is the only other player in Orlando taking double-digit shots per game (14.0), and he’s averaging 21.0 points per game this season. He and Paolo Banchero are a solid wing/forward duo for Orlando.
Los Angeles Lakers
Austin Reaves: If LeBron James or Anthony Davis end up sitting, Austin Reaves needs to step up after struggling against the Kings and scoring just five points. Reaves was expected to be the third option scoring the ball for the Lakers, but he is averaging just 9.7 points per game this season.
Magic vs. Lakers prediction and pick
The Magic are 2-0 against the spread so far this season, and I think they are in a good spot to cover again on Monday night.
I would be shocked to see both LeBron James and Anthony Davis play in this game after the Lakers went to overtime last night, and that would cause this spread to jump in a big way for Orlando.
This is easily the toughest test of the season for the Orlando Magic, who started with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers. But the team has not exactly stumbled in those matchups either, winning by 30 against Houston.
Paolo Banchero has not gotten going yet this season, but the Magic are still finding ways to win games. The team is deeper than you would think, with seven players averaging at least eight points per game and nine averaging at least seven.
The Lakers have a decent bench, but the struggles of Austin Reaves and Gabe Vincent to open this season are concerning if LeBron James or Anthony Davis misses this game.
I will back the underdog on Monday night.
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