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Lakers vs. Magic Preview: Can the Lakers continue their sorcery?

How will the Lakers follow up one of the biggest regular season upsets in NBA history?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers try to extend the wizardry they showed in their massive upset over the Golden State Warriors as the Orlando Magic come to town. The purple and gold shocked the world Sunday, and a win over the Magic would be just the third time they put together consecutive victories this season.

D'Angelo Russell's post All-Star breakout has been fun to watch, the young guard coming into his own after an up-and-down start to his career. He's shooting 48 percent from deep since All-Star weekend, an impressive stat for a rookie marksman. Jordan Clarkson's also been sniping the basket from beyond the arc, the duo giving the Lakers a much-needed  one-two perimeter punch.

They won't have an easy night with Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton in their jerseys all night, though. They'll also have to work hard to rattle Evan Fournier, who's shooting 40 percent from deep on the season, and Shabazz Napier. Napier crushed the Lakers in their meeting earlier this season, draining five threes on his way to a game-high 22 points.

Kobe Bryant's status, as usual, remains in the air. Lou Williams is not expected to play either, again leaving the lion's share of minutes to the dynamic duo. Marcelo Huertas is also seeing extended play after spending the majority of the season on the bench. He made good on his opportunity, dishing out nine assists en route to the Lakers' victory over the Warriors.

Enjoy the game!

Time: 7:30 p.m. PT


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