Game night preview
ORLANDO MAGIC at L.A. LAKERS
Monday, Jan. 18. 10:30 p.m. TNT
Los Angeles, CA
The Orlando Magic (26-14, 12-10 road) will attempt to get back on track Monday when they engage in a highly anticipated Finals rematch with the Los Angeles Lakers (31-9, 22-3 home) in front of a national audience at 10:30 p.m. ET. After sweeping their regular season series with Los Angeles, the Magic dropped their Finals series with the Lakers, 4-1, last year. “It’s hard to say that we’ve gotten over losing to the Lakers, I know I haven’t,” Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard explained. “People don’t understand how I felt playing in the NBA Finals because that was a life-long dream. But then you get so close and lose and it’s like losing something in your life that you cherish the most.” All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson knows there’s only one way to get the bad taste of losing The Finals out of Orlando’s mouth. “I don’t know if you ever get over losing in The Finals until you win a championship,” Nelson said. While the nation will be focused on the rematch, Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy is worried about other things. He’s focused on righting the ship for an Orlando team that’s won just two of its past eight games. “It hasn’t been perfect, but our guys are making a good effort to do more of the things that we want,” Van Gundy said. “The Lakers are not even the big issue. It’s about us getting ourselves right... if we make a better effort and do things better, we have a chance to get better.”
|Orlando||26-14||2nd Southeast / 3rd East||101.2||96.5||Road 12-10||Lost 2||4-6|
|Los Angeles||31-9||1st Pacific / 1st West||103.6||96.6||Home 22-3||Won 2||7-3|
Here is the complete game preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Lakers are 6 point favorites.