A very nice performance by the Orlando Magic in game three has this series at two to one. Now as a sports handicapper we need to analyze what does it mean for the upcoming games?? Can the Orlando Magic shoot over 60 percent for three more games?
Oddsmakers have reduced the line for game four to Orlando -2.5, that is a 1.5 point drop from game three. The best sports handicappers predict game plan changes before the game even happens. Craig from CT SPORTS PICKS take a swing at predicting game four changes and predict the outcome of this series!
ORLANDO:Stan Van Gundy has done a great coaching job all season and game three was nearly a perfect game for the Magic. Although the Magic won game three they had to shoot an NBA finals record 67 percent from the field.
Coach Van Gundy will have to continue to make improvements because the Magic will not shoot this percentage again and the Lakers still were within two points with 45 seconds left. The Magic in game four will go into Howard even more and hope that he can get both Bynum and Gasol in foul trouble. Defensively the Magic will double Kobe off every ball screen and hope to make someone else beat them.
LAKERS:Coach Phil Jackson has to be smiling from ear to ear. The perfect game by Orlando and your team only loses by four!! The Lakers have the perfect game plan for guarding Orlando but no one could have imagined that the Magic would shoot over 67 percent.
LA will not change the defense scheme and will dare the Magic to repeat the game three performance. Offensively the Lakers will stay with the triangle offense but at key times will go to the pick and roll with Kobe and Gasol.
Oddsmakers reduced the line by 1.5 since game three recognizing that the Magic played perfect and the Lakers still almost beat them. Coach Phil Jackson is a genius and he will not over react to game three outcome.
Would be very surprised if the Lakers don't come out and sweep both game four and five. The Magic had a great game three but no way they can repeat the performance! Start planning for the parade LA!!