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Lakers vs. Magic prediction, odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, Jan. 21 best bets from model on 56-30 run

The Orlando Magic host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday evening at the Amway Center. Orlando is 8-38 this season with a 2-16 record at home. Los Angeles enters at 22-23 overall and 7-11 on the road in 2021-22. Anthony Davis (knee), Kendrick Nunn (knee) and Sekou Doumbouya (protocols) are out for Los Angeles. Markelle Fultz (knee), Jonathan Isaac (knee), E’Twaun Moore (knee), RJ Hampton (knee) and Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) are out for Orlando.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET in Orlando. The Lakers are listed as 5.5-point road favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 221 in the latest Lakers vs. Magic odds. Before you make any Magic vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 14 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 56-30 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,200. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Magic and locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Magic vs. Lakers:

  • Lakers vs. Magic spread: Lakers -5.5
  • Lakers vs. Magic over-under: 221 points
  • LAL: The Lakers are 8-10 against the spread in road games
  • ORL: The Magic are 4-14 against the spread in home games

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Why the Lakers can cover

The Lakers are scoring 111.7 points per game, a top-eight mark in the NBA, and Los Angeles is strong in key offensive areas. The Lakers are shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 53.6 percent from two-point range, landing in the top 10 in both categories, and Los Angeles is producing nearly 22 free throw attempts per game. The Lakers are creating 24.3 assists per game and 15.0 fast break points per game while also scoring 48.0 points in the paint per game. 

On defense, Los Angeles is holding opponents to 34.5 percent 3-point shooting while creating 14.8 turnovers and 8.1 steals per game. Orlando currently sports the NBA’s third-worst offense on a per-possession basis, with the Magic ranking No. 24 or worse in turnovers, assists, free throw attempts, 3-point accuracy and field goal percentage.

Why the Magic can cover

Orlando can benefit from the weaknesses of Los Angeles. The Lakers are currently below the NBA average in offensive and defensive rating. Los Angeles is in the bottom third of the league in turnover rate on offense, with the No. 28 mark in free throw percentage. The Lakers are No. 27 in free throw attempts allowed and No. 28 assists allowed on defense, and Orlando has strengths of its own. 

The Magic are in the top 10 of the NBA in free throw accuracy at 77.8 percent, and that is helpful if Orlando can use the Lakers’ foul issues to its advantage. Orlando is also in the top eight of the NBA in fast break points allowed (11.3 per game) and points in the paint allowed (41.9 per game) this season.

How to make Magic vs. Lakers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 215 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s NBA picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Lakers vs. Magic? And which side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  

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