GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Luv: 135-109 ats…56%
NBA 94-86 - NCAA 33-19 - Teasers 8-4 - Church League 69-0
LOS ANGELES LAKERS @ ORLANDO MAGIC (UNDA 198)
At the press conference following the Lakeshow's OT victory, D-Howard & Co. spent plenty of time talking about how they play better at home because they seem to run more and get more easy buckets. While the gambling novice might be suckered into taking the Magic's bait like Kim Kardashian took Ray-J's bait with camera rolling, the Zenmaster & Kobe are too crafty to let this happen. Especially with the Triangle offense and the Lakers ability to spread the floor and let Bryant & Gasol work the middle of the court, I expect to see LA use at least half the shot-clock on most possessions before looking to score.
On Orlando's side, for all the talk about getting out on the break at home, they've actually been the most successful letting Hedo run the pick-n-roll as Rashard takes his time finding some open space. In addition, with how deadly Lewis was in Game 2, look for the Lakers to do a better job of letting him stray to open areas. And because of this, I'm guessing the biggest change you'll see is more opportunties for Dwight as LA closes out on their shooters...and I have feeling Phil will make sure he does most of his attempted damage from the line helping us keep this total in the 180s.
LAKERS/MAGIC 184-190 TOTAL POINTS BEEACTCHES!