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Lakers vs. Magic line, picks: Advanced computer NBA model releases selections for Friday matchup

SportsLine's projection model generated selections for Friday's matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic
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The Los Angeles Lakers visit Amway Center to take on the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. Los Angeles is favored by five points on the road, while the Over-Under is set at 217.5 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page). Before making any Lakers vs. Magic picks, you NEED to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 14 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 56-30 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,200. Anyone following it has seen HUGE returns.

The model knows the Lakers have a strong defensive projection in this matchup. Los Angeles is allowing opponents to shoot only 34.5 percent from three-point range, and the Lakers are creating almost 15 turnovers per game. The Lakers are in the top eight of the NBA in both steals and blocks, and Orlando is No. 28 in offensive rating. The Magic are also in the bottom five in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free throw attempts and assists on the offensive end.

The model also knows the Magic are struggling, but they do have strengths. Orlando is in the top 10 in free throw percentage, converting 77.8 percent of attempts. The Magic are also in the top eight of the NBA in both fast break points allowed and points allowed in the paint on defense. Los Angeles is below-average in both offensive and defensive rating, and the Lakers struggle mightily with ball security, landing in the bottom ten of the NBA in turnover rate.

Now, it has set its sights on Lakers vs. Magic. We can tell you the model is leaning under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NBA picks.

Who wins Lakers vs. Magic? And which side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Lakers vs. Magic spread you should be all over Friday, all from the model on a roll on NBA picks!

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