Denver Nuggets at Orlando Magic (-5.5, 201.5)
The Magic will be looking to bounce back from a 100-98 homes loss to Dallas on Friday in which it blew a late lead and turned the ball over 16 times, including 12 times in the second half.
“You turn the ball over 12 times in the second half, and almost all of ’em go for baskets the other way, and that’s what got ’em back in the game,” Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy stewed afterward. “That’s where the problem is. We keep doing it and doing it and doing it and doing it, and it’s an area we’re just not getting better in. We’re just not.
“Until we get that under control we have no chance to beat good teams on a consistent basis.”
The Magic, which lost by 22 points at New York on Wednesday and coughed up the basketball on 18 occasions, will be going up against another pretty good team in the Nuggets. Denver is an even 5-5 in its last 10 overall (3-7 ATS) and is clinging to one of the last two playoff spots in the Western Conference.
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers (-10.5, 197)
The Monta Ellis trade was a move for the future, because the Warriors certainly aren’t going anywhere this season. And the trade, as expected, certainly hasn’t paid any immediate dividends.
Seven-footer Andrew Bogut, acquired from Milwaukee in the deal, is still out with an ankle injury. Stephen Curry, who made Ellis expendable, has a recurring ankle problem and will be sidelined until mid-April. Andris Biedrins (groin) is questionable for Sunday’s contest.
Golden State has not been winning games, but it at least has been competitive. Mark Jackson’s squad is just 2-9 in its last 11 overall but is 9-5 ATS in its last 14. The Warriors are also 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games.
The Lakers have been winning their fair share of contests (9-4 in their last 13 overall), but they have not done so convincingly. They are 0-4 ATS in their last four overall, 0-4 ATS in their last four against the Western Conference, and 0-6 ATS in their last six at home.
L.A. will be playing on back-to-back days after edging lowly New Orleans 88-85 at the Staples Center on Saturday.