NBA playoff odds: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers, Game 3
The Los Angeles Lakers are beaten up and beaten down and it seems a mere formality that L.A.’s season ends sooner rather than later against the Spurs. San Antonio takes a 2-0 lead into Friday’s Game 3 and opened as a 3-point WagerWeb.com favorite to take a commanding 3-0 lead (Check our current lines. No team in NBA history has rallied to win a series after a 3-0 deficit.
The Lakers lost 102-91 in Game 2 on Wednesday. Tony Parker had 28 points and seven assists, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 16 points each, Manu Ginobili added 13 points, and Matt Bonner had 10 for San Antonio, which had lost three straight entering the series. After a first half in which he shot 1-for-6, Parker scored 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting in the second half en route to a game-high 28 points. Parker also had seven assists in some of his best basketball since spraining his ankle on March 1. The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field after shooting 38 percent in Game 1. San Antonio was 7-for-14 on 3-pointers, including 5-for-7 in the first half.
Dwight Howard and Steve Blake had 16 points each to lead Los Angeles. Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol added 13 points each, but no other player had more than nine as the Lakers shot 45 percent from the field. Howard played less than 3½ minutes in the third quarter after picking up his third and fourth fouls.
Lakers backup center Jordan Hill played for the first time since undergoing left hip surgery Jan. 23. He was listed as “out” for Game 2 but came off the bench with three minutes left in the game. The Lakers had six players listed as probable, but five played. Gasol (foot), Howard (shoulder), Antawn Jamison (wrist), Steve Nash (hamstring) and World Peace (knee) all played at least 20 minutes. Jodie Meeks (ankle) didn’t play and will have an MRI on Thursday.
However, Nash left Game 2 after aggravating his hamstring injury and is planning on having another epidural on Thursday, leaving him questionable for Friday’s Game 3. Blake also left early with a strained right hamstring, and the Lakers will be forced to rely upon Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris if Nash and Blake can’t go. Nash gave it his all in 32 minutes, shooting 50 percent from the field (nine points on 4-for-8 shooting) and dishing out a game-high six assists, but he didn’t have the type of impact on the game he’s used to having, and was seen limping around the court in dead-ball situations. Blake finished with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in the loss, and is clearly questionable for Game 3.
“This has been far and away the worst season for injuries I have ever been a part of personally and professionally,” Nash said.
L.A. was 1-1 at home against San Antonio this season. The Lakers beat the Spurs there 91-86 on April 14 in their first game without Kobe Bryant. Howard had 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Blake had 23. Los Angeles blew open a tie game with a 15-4 run midway through the fourth quarter. Duncan had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs in their sixth straight road loss.
WagerWeb.com trends: Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. Spurs are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. Spurs are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest. Under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles. Under is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings. Spurs are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. Favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
NBA playoff odds: Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs, Game 2
The Los Angeles Lakers never had much of a chance in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series with San Antonio, never leading after taking a 2-0 lead. It’s up to Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni to make major adjustments before Game 2 Wednesday night. The Spurs opened as 8.5-point WagerWeb.com favorites. Check our current lines.
San Antonio won the opener 91-79. Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker scored 18 points each as the Spurs led from early in the first quarter. Ginobili was playing for the second time following a nine-game absence because of a strained right hamstring. He looked like his old self, going 6 for 13 from the field and 3 for 5 on 3s in 19 minutes. The Spurs outscored the Lakers by 19 points with Ginobili on the court. Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Bonner had 10 points and Kawhi Leonard had eight points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.
Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 16 points and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles. Nash, who returned after missing nine games with a hip/hamstring injury, gave the Lakers their only lead with a jumper on the game’s opening possession.
San Antonio shot 38 percent from the field overall, but Los Angeles failed to take advantage of it, committing 18 turnovers while shooting 41 percent. The Spurs allowed 97.3 points in their final 10 games of the regular season, but held the Lakers to their third-lowest point total of the season. Injured star Kobe Bryant, who watched the national broadcast, tweeted that it was a game the Lakers could have stolen. Bryant said he wouldn’t tweet during Game 2.
The Spurs came into the game having lost their last five regular-season games against Western Conference playoff teams. Meanwhile, the Lakers had won five straight, including two in a row without Bryant, and seemed to be clicking.
Nash (hamstring), who is expected to start Game 2 on Wednesday, admitted he’s in a “fair amount” of discomfort and isn’t “moving like normal.” D’Antoni said L.A. needs even a hobbled Nash to pull off the upset in their first-round series.
“He gives us that threat on the floor that’s good and I think he’ll get better as his leg gets better,” D’Antoni said. “We’re not going to do it without him. He’ll battle through some injuries that he has, but he’ll be ready to go Wednesday [for Game 2].”
Jodie Meeks (ankle) didn’t practice Monday but is expected to be available for Wednesday’s Game 2. He’s been starting for Kobe. Meeks had four points on 1-for-4 shooting in 20 minutes in Game 1, along with two turnovers.
In Game 1’s of their first postseason series, the Lakers are now 35-14. When the Lakers have had home-court advantage in the opening round, they have posted a 35-2 series record. The Lakers are 3-8 when not holding home-court advantage in the opening round (losses in 2007, 2006, 1993, 1992, 1978, 1974, 1967 and 1964 / wins in 2003, 1995 and 1979). When winning Game 1 in the opening round, the Lakers have a series record of 34-1. Their lone loss came to the Phoenix Suns (2-3) in 1993. When falling behind 0-1 in the opening round, the Lakers are 4-9.
WagerWeb.com trends: Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. Spurs are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win. Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. Under is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.
NBA odds: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers will know what they have to do when they take the court at 10:30 Pacific Time on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale. Should the Utah Jazz win in their early game at Memphis, the Lakers must beat Houston to reach the playoffs. A Utah loss means the Lakers are in, but a win over Houston would give L.A. the No. 7 seed and a preferred matchup with San Antonio instead of Oklahoma City.
The Lakers beat San Antonio 91-86 in their first game since Kobe Bryant went down with a season-ending torn Achilles’ tendon. Dwight Howard had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and the Lakers staged a dramatic rally in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles blew open a tie game with a 15-4 run midway through the fourth quarter. Bryant’s starting replacement, Jodie Meeks, hit two 3-pointers during the rally.
Of Howard’s 40 offensive touches in the half-court, 26 of them were in the paint. He was 9-of-15 for 18 points in the paint and 4-of-7 from the free-throw line from fouls in the paint. The other four points for Howard came on “Hack-a-Dwight”, where he went 4-of-10 from the free-throw line. Pau Gasol and Howard combined for 77 of the Lakers 99 touches in the half-court. Steve Nash missed another game for L.A. and is doubtful Wednesday with a strained right hamstring.
Houston lost 119-112 at Phoenix on Monday night as the Suns ended a franchise-record seven-game home skid. Carlos Delfino points scored 22, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, and Jeremy Lin 20 for the Rockets, who fell a game behind Golden State for the No. 6 playoff spot in the West. The Rockets are a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 7 spot. James Harden managed just 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting, 0-for-7 from 3-point range. That’s 10.5 points below his season average. Houston could still finish anywhere from No. 6 to No. 8 in the West, but a loss to the Lakers likely means No. 8.
The Lakers trail the season series with Houston (1-2) after dropping last season’s series with the Rockets (1-2) for the first time since Houston took two-of-three games from Los Angeles in 2007-08. The Lakers are 5-5 against the Rockets in their last 10 games overall. At Staples Center, the Lakers are 17-9 all-time against the Rockets and 7-3 in their last 10. In the teams’ first meeting this season on November 18, Bryant posted his 18th career triple double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. The Lakers outscored the Rockets by 40-29 in the first quarter and carried that momentum to a 119-108 victory at Los Angeles. The Rockets overcame a 17-point deficit to win 107-105 vs. the Lakers (12/4/12), which included a 13-point gap with just 9:39 left in the fourth quarter. The Rockets again trailed by as much as 14 points vs. the Lakers (1/8/13), but netted 66 second-half points in posting a 125-112 win.
WagerWeb.com trends: Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles. Over is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings. Home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Rockets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
NBA odds: Lakers get Metta World Peace back vs. Hornets
In a huge surprise, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to get back Metta World Peace on Tuesday night, just 12 days after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee that was supposed to sideline him at least six weeks. LA opened as a 9-point favorite against New Orleans on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
World Peace participated in a three-on-three scrimmage at practice Monday and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said there was a 90 percent chance World Peace would play Tuesday. MWP said he’d be in the starting lineup. World Peace injured his knee late in the first half of the Lakers’ 109-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors on March 25. He began running last week and shot around with the team Saturday and before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He said he was ready to play last Tuesday when the Lakers played the Dallas Mavericks but hadn’t been cleared yet by team doctors.
World Peace has been the Lakers’ steadiest perimeter defender this season, and while the Lakers have gone 4-2 in the six games he’s been sidelined, they’ve allowed opponents to score at a rate of 106.5 points per 100 possessions, which is the equivalent of a bottom-five NBA defense. While World Peace will likely be back, Lakers guard Steve Nash is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game because of a hip injury.
The Lakers are a half game behind Utah for the final playoff spot in the West. L.A.’s three-game winning streak ended in Sunday’s 109-95 loss at the Clippers. Dwight Howard scored 25 points, including 9 of 13 free throws, for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant added 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Pau Gasol had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Hornets won 95-92 at Phoenix on Sunday. Anthony Davis scored 20 points, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson added 17 apiece and the Hornets handed the Suns their franchise-record seventh consecutive home loss. The Hornets used a 13-3 spurt bridging the third and fourth quarters to build a 16-point lead with nine minutes left in the game. New Orleans snapped an eight-game road losing streak.
The Lakers lead the season series with the Hornets 3-0 after sweeping each of the past two season series with New Orleans (2011-12 (3-0), 2010-11 (4-0)). The Lakers, who have won each of the last four season series against New Orleans, last dropped one to the Hornets in 2006-07 (1-2). The Lakers have won 10 straight against the Hornets overall but needed to overcome a 25-point deficit and score 20 unanswered points to close the game in their most recent meeting on March 6 in New Orleans to preserve the win streak. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 home games against the Hornets and 16-4 all-time against the Hornets at Staples Center in the regular season and have won their last seven straight overall.
WagerWeb.com trends: Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Hornets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Lakers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. Hornets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles. Over is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings in Los Angeles. Road team is 21-7 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
NBA odds: Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers enter their game Friday night against Memphis holding a half-game lead over the Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot in the West but have no room for error because the Jazz hold the tiebreaker. Thus Friday’s game with Memphis is vital for the Lakers, and they are slight favorites on WagerWeb.com.
The Grizzlies are still jockeying with the Clippers and Nuggets for playoff seeding, with Memphis essentially in a tie with Denver for No. 3. Whichever of the Nuggets or Grizzlies doesn’t get that spot or No. 4 will drop to No. 5 and not have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers are assured of not dropping lower than No. 4 as a division winner.
Memphis enters off a big 94-76 win at Portland on Wednesday. Matched up against rookie sensation Damian Lillard, Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley was excellent. He scored 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting, sank a trio of 3s, didn’t commit foul and turned the ball over just once. The Grizzlies outscored the Blazers by 11 points in the first quarter. From that point on, momentum swayed back and forth, but neither team was able to gain much ground on that differential. The Grizzlies have won four straight to move to 51-24 this season, surpassing their 50-win season in 2003-04.
The Lakers had an even bigger win Tuesday, thumping Dallas (and all but ending the Mavs’ playoff hopes) 101-81. Kobe Bryant had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in his 19th career triple-double. Bryant assisted on 11 of the Lakers’ 36 field goals (30.5 percent) Tuesday. The Lakers are 29-13 (.690 win percentage) when Bryant assists on at least 25 percent of the made field goals while he is on the court. They are just 9-22 (.290 win percentage) when his assist percentage is below 25 percent.
Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds while hitting seven fourth-quarter free throws for the Lakers (39-36), who had lost four of six before jumping to a big early lead on Dallas and hanging on to it throughout the second half. Steve Nash did not play due to back and hip ailments but should return for this one.
The Lakers currently trial their season series with Memphis 2-0 after taking last season’s series from the Grizzlies 2-1. Memphis scored 106 points in both wins this year. This will be the 66th meeting between the two franchises and the 43rd since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis. In that time, the Lakers have lost just three season series to the Grizzlies (2004-05, 2005-06, 2012-13). The Lakers lead the all-time series 46-19 but are just 24-18 versus the Grizzlies since the team moved to Memphis. In their last 10 meetings with Memphis, the Lakers are 5-5 overall. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 home games against Memphis and 16-7 all-time at Staples Center against the Grizzlies
WagerWeb.com trends: Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Grizzlies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. Home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. Grizzlies are 21-10 ATS in the last 31 meetings.
Wednesday NBA odds: LA Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves
The Los Angeles Lakers’ lead for the final playoff spot in the West is down to just a game over Utah entering play Tuesday, and Wednesday’s game at a bad Minnesota team isn’t the type the team can afford to lose. The Lakers opened as 5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
The Lakers were beaten 109-103 on Monday in Golden State. Kobe Bryant scored 36 points and Steve Nash had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in an otherwise lackluster Lakers effort. Los Angeles has lost three straight games, and the latest was never even close. Dwight Howard had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and Pau Gasol was held to seven points and eight rebounds as he works his way back from a right foot injury.
The Lakers had won six straight against the Warriors, including the two previous games this season. Metta World Peace left the game with a strained left knee and did not play after halftime. He is questionable for Wednesday. Antawn Jamison and Earl Clark could each pick up some time if World Peace sits, or the Lakers could go small and give extended run to Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks with Kobe shifting to small forward. Meeks started the second half of Monday’s game after World Peace exited the game, scoring 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes.
Minnesota played Tuesday night at Detroit. In a 104-97 loss Sunday against Chicago, Derrick Williams broke out of his slump with a career high-tying 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting against the Bulls. The second-year forward had averaged 8.0 points while missing 21 of 30 shots over his previous three games. Nikola Pekovic had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Ricky Rubio added 15 and eight assists.
The Lakers lead the season series with Minnesota 2-0 and have swept each of the last five season series with the Timberwolves (2011-12: 4-0, 2010-11: 4-0, 2009-10: 3-0, 2008-09: 4-0, 2007-08 3-0). The Lakers are currently riding a 21-game win streak against the Timberwolves. The streak, which is the longest active win streak by one NBA team against another, marks the second longest streak in Lakers franchise history; ranking ahead of their 19-straight victories over the Dallas Mavericks from 1995-99 but behind a franchise record 24 consecutive victories over the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings from 1983-88. At Staples Center, the Lakers are 22-4 all-time against the Timberwolves and have won their last 13 straight in Los Angeles. In Minnesota, the Lakers have won 10 straight at Target Center.
WagerWeb.com trends: Lakers are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota. Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. Lakers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in Minnesota. Road team is 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
Friday NBA odds: LA Lakers at Indiana Pacers
The Lakers will be without Kobe Bryant on Friday night when the visit Indiana after Kobe severely sprained his ankle in Wednesday’s close loss at Atlanta. Thus the Pacers opened as 10-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
L.A.’s four-game winning streak came to an end in Atlanta, 96-92. Kobe led the Lakers with 31 despite making just 11 of 33 shots. With the Lakers trailing 94-92, Bryant put up a shot from the baseline that slid off the rim with 3 seconds remaining. Making matters worse, his left ankle twisted awkwardly when he came down on defender Dahntay Jones’ right foot, sending the Lakers star crumpling to the court. Bryant has been ruled out indefinitely.
Despite his poor shooting Wednesday, Kobe still has been stellar since the All-Star Break, averaging 30.3 points on 49 percent from the field in 12 games. He’s also added a team-high 7 assists per game. The Lakers are 17-7 dating back to January 25th, but during that span have have actually been better with Bryant off the court. Los Angeles has outscored opponents by 41 points in 263 minutes without Bryant on the court. With him, L.A. has outscored its opposition by just 3 points in nearly 900 minutes. The Lakers have dropped their last five road games in which they played a team that is currently in the playoffs.
Lakers forward Earl Clark also suffered a sprained right ankle in the first half against Atlanta and did not play after exiting the game early in the third quarter. X-rays on Clark’s ankle were negative, and he is day to day.
Indiana cruised by Minnesota 107-91 on Wednesday. Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 27 points on just 15 shots while owning the offensive glass (nine offensive boards). Paul George had 17 points and George Hill added 16 points with six assists to help the Pacers get their second win in three games and remain in the hunt with the New York Knicks for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Indiana F Danny Granger was out with a sore left knee and he’s out Friday.
With a win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, the Pacers will extend their winning streak vs. the Los Angeles Lakers to three in a row, which would tie their longest ever in the series. Ironically, a win Friday would be Indiana’s first of those three in a row at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and it would snap L.A.’s two-game winning streak on the Pacers’ home floor. Hill scored on a last-second layup to give Indiana a 79-77 victory at Staples Center on Nov. 27. Bryant, who scored 40 points, drained a 3-pt FG to tie the score with 24.5 seconds remaining, but that just gave Hill enough time to drive on World Peace and lay the ball high off the glass and through the net with 0.1 seconds remaining on the game clock. Hill finished with a team-high 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Nearly pulling off his first career triple-double, David West led Indiana with 10 rebounds and eight assists to go with his 16 points. The Lakers shot just 31.6 percent from the floor, and left 20 points at the foul line, where they hit 23-43.
WagerWeb.com trends: Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. Pacers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win. Pacers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Indiana. Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. Road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Tuesday NBA odds: LA Lakers at Orlando Magic
It won’t be a very warm welcome for Dwight Howard on Tuesday night as the All-Star plays his first game in Orlando since forcing his way out of the city via offseason trade to the Lakers. L.A. opened as a 6.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
The Lakers won for the 16th time in their past 22 games on Sunday, beating the Bulls 90-81 to take control of the No. 8 and final playoff spot in the West — it’s the first time all season the Lakers are two games above .500. Kobe Bryant had 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Howard scored 16 points on 8 of 14 shooting, blocked four shots and grabbed 21 rebounds, the fourth time this season he’s had 20 or more rebounds. The Lakers led almost throughout, only briefly falling behind by two points in the second quarter. Through Jan. 24, the Lakers sat in 12th place in the Western Conference with a 17-25 record. But since, they’ve gone 16-6, and now own sole possession of the 8th seed. It’s the first time L.A. owns sole possession of a Top-8 spot out West since December 1.
It was Howard’s 10th straight game with 12 or more rebounds as he bolstered his post All-Star break averages to 15.5 points, 14.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks as L.A. has gone 8-2. Howard was talking about physical shape, as he’s now starting to be able to make the second-effort plays on defense and run the floor all game on offense the way he did in his pre-back surgery days in Orlando.
Howard has ripped his former team more than once. Last week he said: “I always tell people, ‘Hey, my team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face.’’
That drew criticism from a few of his former teammates — only five current Magic players played with Howard. s. I think it’s disrespectful more than anything because we helped Dwight become the type of player that he was,’’ Rashard Lewis said.
The Magic beat Philadelphia 99-91 on Sunday. Jameer Nelson had 24 points and 10 assists, and Nikola Vucevic added 14 points and 17 rebounds. The win ended the Magic’s seven-game home losing streak, their longest skid in Orlando since 2003-04. Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris added 17 and 15 points, respectively. The double-double was the 35th of the season for Vucevic, who was dealt to the Magic by Philadelphia as part of the multi-team Howard deal.
Orlando is 15-32 all-time vs. the L.A. Lakers (10-14 at home, 5-18 on the road) during the regular season, including 1-0 this season. On Dec. 2 in L.A. the Magic pulled a 113-103 upset. Arron Afflalo poured in a season-high 30 points, while Glen Davis tallied 23 points and 12 rebounds. Nelson recorded 19 points, 13 assists and five rebounds, while Nikola Vucevic notched 17 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots. Kobe led the Lakers with 34 points, while Howard recorded 21 points and 15 rebounds. However, Howard went 9-of-21 from the free throw line. Orlando shot 50 percent from the floor and dished out a season-high 34 assists.
WagerWeb.com trends: Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. Lakers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast. Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Magic are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win. Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Orlando. Under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. Lakers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Orlando.