The Magic have a young, talented roster with a new head coach in
The Lakers are struggling with a young, talented roster under Coach
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The Orlando squad is athletic but badly needed outside shooting, and Fournier has filled that role well.
If Bryant returns, he needs to stay close to Fournier, while resisting the urge to try and match him from the perimeter. Bryant is shooting just 20.8% from three-point range.
The Magic have a number of scorers including
Elfrid Payton is a creative point guard with limited range. Aaron Gordon is a tremendous athlete and utility player.
The Lakers need to match with their own cadre of young players like Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell. Lou Williams and
Where the Lakers suffer most is on the defensive end.
The Lakers badly need a win. The Magic are vulnerable if Vucevic and Smith don't play, but the Lakers haven't inspired much of any confidence to consider them the favorite.