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Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Lakers Preview and Predictions 01-15-2020


The Los Angeles Lakers look to possess a 10-game winning streak for the second time this season when they host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. The Lakers won 10 straight contests in November and now are just as hot with their last four victories occurring by an average of 22.3 points.

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Los Angeles rattled off 81 second-half points in Monday's 128-99 rout of the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers as forward LeBron James scored 23 of his 31 points in the half. James also handed out eight assists to move into eighth place on the NBA's all-time assists list with 9,067, passing Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas (9,061). The Magic won five of their past seven games after posting a dramatic 114-112 win over the Sacramento Kings and now face the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers on back-to-back nights during the middle of a six-game road trip. "First, we've got to focus on the Lakers and obviously we'll have to play a great game," center Nikola Vucevic told reporters after recording 26 points and 15 rebounds against the Kings. "We'll have to execute on both ends and be at our best to have a chance against a very good team."

TIME: 10:30 p.m. ET. TV: FS Florida, Spectrum SportsNet, Sportsnet One

ABOUT THE MAGIC (19-21): Power forward Aaron Gordon scored the decisive three-point play with 1.1 seconds left off a feed from shooting guard Evan Fournier to cap off a 19-point, nine-rebound performance versus the Kings. "I was going to rebound because Evan was shooting that thing, man," Gordon told reporters afterward. "I thought Evan was going to shoot it, but he made a great play. I was just ready. It was a good pass, I turned and just put it on the rim and it went in." Fourner scored 25 points and is averaging 26.5 points over the past two games.

ABOUT THE LAKERS (33-7): Star power forward Anthony Davis (tailbone) could sit out for the fourth straight game but Los Angeles can afford to be patient with the way reserve big man Dwight Howard is playing. The eight-time All-Star - six appearances came during his Orlando tenure - established season bests of 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting) and 15 rebounds in the win over the Cavaliers. Howard has recorded back-to-back double-doubles and scored in double digits in four of the past five games while being a valuable contributor.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Lakers posted a 96-87 road win over the Magic on Dec. 11 after losing six of the previous nine meetings.

2. Orlando PG Markelle Fultz is averaging 15.5 points over the past four contests.

3. Los Angeles F Kyle Kuzma scored just 11 points against Cleveland after averaging 31 over the previous two games.

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Lakers

  • JaVale McGee

    Flu
    Ques Tues | questionable

    McGee has been absent from the lineup during the last two games with flu-like symptoms, and it is unclear if he will suit up for Tuesday's matchup versus the Clippers.

  • DeMarcus Cousins

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season.

  • Kyle Kuzma

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Kuzma has a sore left ankle, but is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

  • Rajon Rondo

    Finger
    Prob Sat | probable

    Rondo is dealing with an injured finger on his right hand, but will likely be available to face the 76ers on Saturday.

  • Anthony Davis

    Buttocks
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Davis is nursing a gluteus maximus contusion, and it is unclear if he will be in the lineup against the 76ers on Saturday.

  • Kyle Kuzma

    Ankle
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Kuzma is expected to be available for Thursday's contest against the Nets despite left ankle soreness.

  • Rajon Rondo

    Finger
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Rondo is recovering from a non-displaced volar plate avulsion fracture of the right ring finger but is projected to face the Nets on Thursday.

  • Anthony Davis

    Buttocks
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Davis is suffering from a gluteus maximus contusion, but he is likely to suit up against the Nets on Thursday.

Orlando Magic

  • Jonathan Isaac

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Isaac is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a posterior lateral corner injury and a medial bone contusion to his left knee.

  • Markelle Fultz

    Finger
    Prob Fri | probable

    Fultz is expected to take the court against the Celtics on Friday despite dislocating his left ring finger.

  • BJ Johnson

    Personal
    Prob Wed | probable

    Johnson was absent from the lineup during the last game due to personal reasons. It is anticipated that he will rejoin the team in time for Wednesday's contest against the Thunder.

  • D.J. Augustin

    Knee
    Mid Feb | out

    Augustin is anticipated to be out of action for at least three to four weeks with left knee bone irritation.

  • Evan Fournier

    Quadricep
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Fournier was held out of the previous game due to a right quadriceps contusion, but he is likely to line up against the Clippers on Thursday.

  • Kyle O'Quinn

    Illness
    Prob Wed | probable

    O'Quinn has sat out the past five games due to an illness, but he will likely be available for Wednesday's matchup versus the Nets.

  • D.J. Augustin

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Augustin missed the last game with a left knee contusion, but it is likely that he will play against the Kings on Monday.

  • Aaron Gordon

    Calf
    Prob Mon | probable

    Gordon missed the previous game due to right calf tightness, but it is projected that he will play Monday against the Kings.