Game day preview
ORLANDO MAGIC vs. LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Sunday, March 7. 2:30 p.m. ABC
Orlando Magic fans have long-awaited the return of the L.A. Lakers (46-17, 17-12 road) to Amway Arena since last year’s NBA Finals. There would potentially be nothing more satisfying for Magic supporters than to get revenge on the reigning champions. On Sunday in front of a national audience, the Magic (43-20, 24-6 home) will have an opportunity to earn some retribution when they host the Lakers at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Last June, L.A. captured its 15th NBA Title when it eliminated Orlando in five games. However, the Magic played very competitively in the series and nearly won two of the four games they lost. It would be a humongous confidence builder if the Magic can prove they can beat the Lakers. The last time these two teams played at STAPLES Center on Jan. 18, L.A. snuck out a 98-92 triumph. Orlando, nonetheless, played extremely well and for a portion of the contest thoroughly outplayed the West’s top squad. Dwight Howard registered 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Rashard Lewis posted 18 points and Matt Barnes had an all-around solid game with 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Since that loss, the Magic are an impressive 17-5 and have re-established their dominance in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers have lost two games in a row to teams around the .500 mark (Miami and Charlotte).
|Los Angeles||46-17||1st Pacific / 1st West||102.7||96.5||Road 17-12||Lost 2||6-4|
|Orlando||43-20||1st Southeast / 2nd East||101.7||95.5||Home 24-6||Won 4||7-3|
Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Magic are 2 point favorites.