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(8-6) Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers (7-6)
Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Opened Orlando -3.5 | Portland +3.5 // NOW PDX -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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The Magic and the Trail Blazers have about as much geography between them as any two NBA teams across the league, but they’ll face off in the Pacific Northwest Wednesday night where the visiting Magic open us as 3.5-point favorites.
The Orlando Magic started their 2017-18 season surprisingly hot, but they enter this contest having lost two in a row and four out of their last six.
In their last outing, the Magic fell 110-100 to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. In true Dubs fashion, Golden State came out of the gate in the second half and pulled away with a 32-19 third quarter.
But otherwise, Orlando played a good game, outscoring the Warriors by three points in the other three quarters combined.
Against Portland, the Magic will look to utilize breakout player Aaron Gordon against rookie Caleb Swanigan, who will be making just his second NBA start.
Containing the backcourt (Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum), as well as forcing Jusuf Nurkic into foul trouble will be secondary goals, and would even be main goals on most nights.
But with Swanigan getting the start, there’s no reason Orlando shouldn’t target him both on the perimeter and in the paint with someone like Air Gordon.
Portland Trail Blazers
As important as it will be for Orlando to target Portland’s young starting power forward, the Blazers shouldn’t worry if it turns out he struggles.
After all, that’s the nice part about having so much depth you don’t know who to start. If you make a poor decision, you can bring in the perimeter-oriented Maurice Harkless, the rim-protecting Ed Davis or someone who theoretically does both in Noah Vonleh.
The bigger defensive concern the Blazers will have in this one is keeping Jusuf Nurkic out of foul trouble. Nikola Vucevic will use his weapons at the rim to try and get the Blazers’ big off to the bench early—something that’s been a theme for Portland so far this season.
If Portland can keep Nurkic on the floor, as he was able to do in the team’s most recent outing against the Denver Nuggets, the Blazers should stand a real shot at winning this one not just against the spread, but also straight up.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-2 in ORL last 9 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Under is 6-2 in ORL last 8 overall.
- Under is 6-2-1 in POR last 9 Wed. games
- ORL are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
- Underdog is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
This game features two teams that aren’t exactly hot at the moment. The Blazers do have a recent win over the Nuggets (by 17 points), but both squads feature more losses than wins in their record over the last three games.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers ATS (The line OPENED with the Magic has the favorite, the line has since swung the other way)
At this point, we have to look at which team has more talent from top to bottom and a higher ceiling.
In this case, that would be the Blazers. We’re giving them the win straight up despite being 3.5-point dogs at this juncture.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 101 – Orlando Magic 98
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