NBA betting on Monday night has an excellent matchup on TNT television as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Orlando Magic in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.
The Lakers enter this game off a great performance in their last game against the Clippers while the Magic did not play well in a loss at Portland. The Lakers are favored in basketball betting.
NBA betting has the Magic and Lakers with some history as they have met 41 times in the regular season. The Lakers have a 30-11 advantage in the all-time series. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 overall meetings but are just 1-3 in their last four regular season contests. At Staples Center, the Lakers are 8-2 all-time against the Magic in regular season play. Kobe Bryant has averaged 26 points per game against the Magic in his career. The Lakers defeated the Magic in five games during the 2009 NBA Finals. It was the first time they had met in the playoffs.
Orlando has not played well on the road in recent action and it didn’t go any better on Friday as they were controlled by Portland, losing 102-87 in NBA betting. Orlando couldn’t even win at Portland in basketball betting although the Blazers were without leading scorer Brandon Roy. The Magic were never in the game, trailing by 20 at the half.
This is a tough game in terms of NBA betting trends. The Lakers dominated the Magic in the NBA Finals and won both of their home games against Orlando. In the regular season though, the Lakers lost at home to Orlando by a score of 109-103. There is a basketball betting trend on the total though as five of the last six have gone under.
Orlando has done pretty well against the Pacific Division lately. They are 15-6 in NBA betting in their last 21 vs. the Pacific. The problem for Orlando is that they are not playing well of late overall or on the road. They are 2-6 in basketball betting in their last 8 games overall and they are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
The Lakers have picked it up at home in NBA betting lately as they are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. They have not played well against the Southeast Division though as they are 6-13 vs. the NBA betting odds in their last 19 vs. the Southeast.