Lakers vs Magic Lakers vs Magic Game Recap April 26 2021 ESPN
Lakers vs. Magic odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, April 26 … Mon, 26 Apr 2021 18:00:00 -0700-Get a recap of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Orlando Magic basketball game.
ORLANDO, Fla. — — Dennis Schroder scored 13 of 21 points in the fourth quarter, Anthony Davis added 18 points and eight rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 114-103 on Monday night.
Trailing 80-79 following a sluggish third quarter, the Lakers’ offense came alive late to end their losing streak at three games. LA outscored Orlando 35-23 in the fourth period, improving to 19-12 on the road and 9-20 when trailing after three quarters.
Schroder also had 10 assists as he takes on a bigger role for LA in the absence of injured LeBron James.
“He’s really growing with his floor-general mentality and running the team,” coach Frank Vogel said of Schroder, who made 6 of 7 shots in the fourth quarter and scored or assisted on 16 of LA’s final 18 points. “That’s why we feel like (Schroder’s emergence) is going to be a silver lining. It was accelerated. Having ’Bron out, there’s a lot of silver linings and this is one of them, seeing him grow.”
Davis, who was playing his third game after missing 30 games due to a right calf strain, made eight of 15 shots in 31 minutes. Vogel said before the game that Davis was no longer under a minutes restriction. Davis, meanwhile, was frustrated by his sloppy play.
“I probably won’t ever have five turnovers in a game again, but the team kind of covered up those mistakes for me with big plays,” Davis said.
Chuma Okeke scored 18 points and converted a thunderous dunk over Drummond in the first quarter. Gary Harris scored 17 for the Magic, who have lost six straight and 25 of 30. With Detroit’s victory over Atlanta, Orlando has the East’s worst record.
Assistant Tyrone Corbin was acting head coach for the Magic for a second straight game. Coach Steve Clifford tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, although he has said he is symptom-free.
Orlando was coming off a blowout loss to the Pacers on Sunday.
“I loved our fight,’’ Corbin said. “After the game (Sunday), to come back and play against a team as talented as they are … we showed a lot of determination and fight after the rough one we had.”
The Lakers have happy recent memories of the Orlando area, having won last season's championship in the league's pandemic bubble.
“You are driving around those back Disney streets headed to the hotel that we stayed at and it was a sense of reflection on what we were able to accomplish here,” coach Frank Vogel said.
Lakers: James, who hasn’t played since March 20 because of a sprained right ankle, posted a video on Instagram of him doing light jogging in Dallas last week. At the end of his many trips up and down the floor, James converted a layup. Vogel said James remains “out indefinitely.” … Drummond was whistled for a jump ball violation and a turnover on the opening tip. While voicing his displeasure with referee Marc Davis, Drummond surrendered a dunk to Carter.
Magic: Rookie guard Devin Cannady underwent surgery early Monday to repair an ankle he badly injured in the first quarter on Sunday. Cannady, who was recently signed to a second 10-day contract, suffered a dislocated ankle and an open wound, but Monday’s surgery revealed no bone fractures or cartilage tears in the ankle. “He’s expected to make a full recovery and it’s exciting news for him,” Corbin said. … In an announcement played on the Amway Center video board, injured guard Markelle Fultz said he was recently vaccinated against COVID-19 and urged others to get the shots.
Lakers: At Washington on Wednesday night.
Magic: At Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Lakers vs. Magic – Game Recap – April 26, 2021 – ESPN Mon, 26 Apr 2021 18:00:00 -0700-SportsLine's Projection Model simulated Magic vs. Lakers 10000 times.
The Orlando Magic welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to Amway Center on Monday evening. The Magic (18-42) are on the second night of a back-to-back set and they have lost five straight against Western Conference foes. The Lakers (35-25) will aim to stop a three-game overall losing streak. LeBron James (ankle) is out for the Lakers, with Dennis Schroder (calf) listed as questionable. Anthony Davis (calf), Marc Gasol (finger) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) are listed as probable for Los Angeles. James Ennis (calf) and Terrence Ross (back) are both questionable for Orlando.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET in Orlando. The latest Lakers vs. Magic odds at William Hill Sportsbook list Los Angeles as a 10-point favorite. The over-under for total points is down to 208.5 after opening at 210.5. Before finalizing any Magic vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Lakers vs. Magic spread: Lakers -10
- Lakers vs. Magic over-under: 208.5 points
- Lakers vs. Magic money line: Lakers -600, Magic +450
- LAL: The Lakers are 12-18 against the spread in 2020-21 home games
- ORL: The Magic are 11-15 against the spread in non-conference games
Why the Lakers can cover
Los Angeles is the more talented team, headlined by Davis. The All-NBA big man returned after a lengthy absence last week, and he is averaging 21.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game on the season. Davis is a two-way force, and he is flanked by other high-end options, even in the absence of James. The Lakers are the No. 1 defensive team in the league this season, yielding only 1.06 points per possession to their opponents, but Los Angeles can also exploit some glaring weaknesses from Orlando.
The Magic are a bottom-five team in both offensive and defensive rating, and their overall play has been even uglier since losing Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon at the trade deadline. Orlando has the worst shooting efficiency profile in the NBA, including the No. 30 mark in 2-point shooting (48 percent). The Magic are also a bottom-three team in assists at only 22 per game, and the Lakers have the inside track to slow down Orlando's offense.
Why the Magic can cover
The Magic take care of the ball at a high level, committing a turnover on only 13 percent of possessions, and that can swing the math in their favor offensively despite modest peripheral statistics. On the defensive end, Orlando is one of the best rebounding teams in the league, grabbing 75 percent of available opportunities after forcing a miss.
The Magic are also a top-three team in the NBA in free throw prevention, and Orlando leads the NBA in committing only 17 fouls per game. Los Angeles is the more talented team, but the Lakers commit a turnover on 15.4 percent of offensive possessions, a bottom-three mark in the league. Beyond that, the Lakers have a bottom-five offense since the All-Star break, scoring only 1.07 points per possession since mid-March.
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– April 27, 2021