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Lakers’ Struggles Continue As They Face the Magic

Lakers’ Struggles Continue As They Face the Magic

Several great matchups are scheduled in NBA on Tuesday night as the season reaches the final week of 2022. Here are a few of the most anticipated matchups in tonight’s action:

Lakers Hope To End Road Skid in Orlando

The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Orlando to face the Magic and break a three-game road losing streak. LA is 13-20 and has again fallen to the bottom of the Pacific Division and trails the Los Angeles Clippers by six games.

They are again without Anthony Davis for an extended period, as he’s set to be evaluated in two weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his foot in his last game against the Denver Nuggets. LA is 1-5 since his injury and has struggled without Davis in the lineup this season.

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The Magic have been on fire since a season-high nine-game losing streak was snapped against the Los Angeles Clippers. Orlando has won eight of its last nine games and moved to fourth place in the Southeast Division, with 4.5 games separating them and the first-place Atlanta Hawks.

The Magic beat the San Antonio Spurs 133-113 in their last game to improve to 13-21 on the season. A win in tonight’s contest would be their sixth straight at home. 

Orlando keeps the streak alive versus the struggling Lakers. 

Suns’ Need to Recover From Recent Slump In Memphis

The Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies meet for the second time in four days in a battle of Western Conference rivals. The Suns have lost three straight games, including a 125-100 loss to Memphis, and have lost eight of their previous 11 games overall. Their 19-15 record has them second in the Pacific Division.

However, they must improve on their 5-10 road record if they hope to go far when the postseason comes around. The Suns are still undefeated against division opponents at 7-0. 

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The Grizzlies are tied with the New Orleans Pelicans for first place in the Southwest Division standings with a 20-12 record. Memphis is 1-3 since its recent seven-game winning streak and now leads the second-place Dallas Mavericks by three games in the standings. The Grizzlies dropped their last matchup to the Golden State Warriors 123-109 on Christmas Day and have now lost three straight on the road. 

The Suns win to snap their home losing streak.

Knicks Seek Seventh Straight Road Win In Dallas

The New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks meet for the second and final time this season at American Airlines Arena on Tuesday night. Dallas won the first meeting 121-100 at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks are 18-16 and are fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, six games behind the Boston Celtics. New York lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in their most recent game 119-112 at home, which was their third straight loss. 

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The Mavs are looking to recover from a 2-5 stretch and have now won three straight games. Dallas has an 18-16 record and is in third place in the Southwest Division standings, 3.5 games behind the New Orleans Pelicans.

Dallas celebrated the unveiling of its statue of Dirk Nowitzki outside American Airlines Arena by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 124-115 on Sunday. Luka Doncic had 32 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists to lead the Mavericks to victory. 

Dallas triumphs over the slumping Knicks for its fourth straight win.   

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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