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Orlando Magic (28-42) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (34-37)
The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Sunday, March 19, 2023, when the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers square off in this interconference battle at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers enter as a 6.0-point favorite with the total set at 231.0.
The Lakers defeated the Magic the first time they met this season, winning 129-110 on December 27. Los Angeles was a 2.5-point underdog in that contest with the total set at 237.5.
The Orlando Magic (28-42, 37-32-1 ATS) defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, 113-109. The contest against the Lakers on Sunday will be the final one of a four-game road trip that is seen the team goal 1-2 through the first three games. Orlando is 12-23 on the road and is currently 4.5 games behind Chicago for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
“It was huge, especially because we've had moments like this in the past where we didn't close out,” Markelle Fultz said. “To put together a whole game and weather their runs and continue to push it was big tonight. It just shows what we're capable of when we stay locked in the whole game.”
a certified Markelle Fultz moment pic.twitter.com/0DGByvZlct
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) March 18, 2023
Fultz scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help lead Orlando to victory. The team shot 50% in the contest and hit 10 three-point attempts while the Clippers hit just six. Fultz led the team in scoring with Wendell Carter chipping in 27 points and 12 rebounds.
This is not a very good team, ranked 26th in points per game (111.6) and 17th in points allowed per contest (114.5). However, they have been much better offensively over their last five, averaging 120.0. Unfortunately, they have been yielding 125.4 points per game over their last five, including giving up 131 or more points in three of their last six contests.
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