Dwight Howard went through a torrid protracted divorce from the Orlando Magic but he’ll get the opportunity to show them what they lost when he suits up for the Los Angeles Lakers against his old club on Sunday.
The All Star has put up 18 points and ten rebounds in LA, a little below his numbers in Florida, but he showed signs of settling in during the Lakers' blowout victory over Denver on Friday as they improved to an 8-8 record.
Injury-hit Orlando have suffered by his departure, starting 5-10 while scoring a miserly 91.9 per game, winning just three of their last ten games. They’ve done better against teams who score 100 points or more, going 2-3, but the Lakers are 7-1 while hitting the ton.
The Magic are rated as outsiders but there’s an intriguing option on Howard to score 19 points or over at 1.85, including overtime. Fired up to impress, he could come up big.
The New York Knicks have cooled a little since their 5-0 start but they’ve proved a resilient opponent at Madison Square Garden where they’ve won six out of six this term. And even without Jason Kidd, they’re still going to be handful for the visiting Phoenix Suns who are 7-10 this season while giving up 102.5 points per night.
Carmelo Anthony is averaging 26.1 points per game and he’s 1.85 to go over 26 against the Suns, who will have problems using Mike Beasley and Markieff Morrison to hold him in check. The Knicks are favoured by 11.5 points but after confining their last three opponents to under 90, go under the points total line of 200.5 at 1.88.
Bet of the day: Take Dwight Howard to score over 19 points for the Lakers against Orlando at 1.85.