Los Angeles Clippers vs Orlando Magic Preview

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Los Angeles Clippers vs Orlando Magic Preview

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Los Angeles Clippers vs Orlando Magic Preview

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The Los Angeles Clippers will be traveling down to Orlando tonight to take on the Magic in an non-conference NBA matchup with tip off scheduled for 7pm EST. The Clippers are coming off an epic 35-point comeback win in their game last night against the Washington Wizards, so all the momentum should be with Los Angeles heading into this game. The Magic are coming off a rare win themselves in their last outing, beating the Chicago Bulls. The Magic currently have the worst record in the NBA this season, sitting at 9-39 while the Clippers hold a record of 24-25. These two teams met earlier in the season with the Clippers taking the first matchup on their home court by a score of 106-104 thanks to guard Reggie Jackson’s game winner with 2.2 seconds left.

The Clippers have alternated wins and losses over their past six games while the Magic have just two wins in their last 16 contests. The Clippers are 9-13 on the road this season while the Magic are just 3-17 on their home court. This matchup looks to be a bit of a mismatch but with the Clippers missing so many players and riding the high of the huge win last night, the Magic have the tools to potentially take this game.

How Los Angeles can win: With injuries to their two-star players, the Clippers have found themselves relying on role players to fill the void. Reggie Jackson has stepped up in a big way and will need to do so once again if Los Angeles is to beat the Magic tonight. In the win over the Wizards last night, forward Amir Coffrey scored a career-high 29 points and guard Luke Kennard had 25 points, including a four-point play game winner. This team has no quit in them no matter the deficit they find themselves in and that all goes back to the coaching staff and leadership of the team.

The Clippers as a team are averaging 105.3 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting while allowing 106.5 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting. They shoot 35.7 percent from the three-point line and 78.5 percent from the charity strike. Against a weaker team like the Magic, if the Clippers can capitalize on easy shots and make their free throws, they shouldn’t find themselves with any issues.

How Orlando can win: The Orlando Magic are at the bottom of the league standings and will likely stay there for the rest of the season barring any major jumps. Over their last ten games, the team holds a measly 2-8 record, averaging 102.9 points per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field. This Magic team is one of the worst offensive teams in the league and averages just 100.4 points per game at home this season. To beat the Clippers, they will need their young players to step up and help get them into the double-digit win column.

Cole Anthony has been a nice piece for the Magic this season, averaging 18 points and six rebounds per game. He has struggled of late however and this team will need his scoring ability if they are to take down the Clippers. The Magic should be getting guard Terrence Ross back in this game and his presence should allow them to spread the floor a little more with shooting. Ross is averaging 11.7 points per game and has been the subject of trade rumors recently so if he plays well, it could help boost the return for Orlando if they decide to trade him. The Magic should play from the inside out in this game, especially if center Mo Bamba is able to go. While the Magic have been bad this season, they have already shown the ability to play with the Clippers, only losing to them by two on the road. Winning the turnover battle could play a key role in this game for Orlando.

The Spread Via FanDuel:

Moneyline: LAC: (-122) | ORL: (+104)

Spread: LAC: -1.5 (-110) | ORL: +1.5 (-110)

Final Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers 107 Orlando Magic 94

-Coming off an emotional comeback win, this could be a trap game for the Clippers. However, the Magic just aren’t a good offensive team, and the Clippers have pieces that can score the ball even without their star players. Ty Lue has this team playing hard so give me the road team to come out on top.

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