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27-36 (10-20 V) Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers 34-31 (20-12 H)
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 10:30 PM ET
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -8
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
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The Portland Trail Blazers return home on Saturday following a road contest against the Golden State Warriors, but they can’t get to comfortable.
Their matchup against the Orlando Magic is the only game they’ll play within the comfy confines of their home arena before hitting the road for a four-contest trip that sees them taking on four-fifths of the Southwest Conference in the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks.
These teams tip off at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 12.
The Orlando Magic haven’t yet figured out how to utilize their young talent. Entering their game Friday night against the Sacramento Kings, they had lost three in a row, including four of their last five.
Although they haven’t figured out how to win with their young core, they do have plenty of young pieces to develop. Their intention to focus on those young pieces became clear when they traded Channing Frye, a veteran presences who helps spread the floor, to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he can work toward winning a championship at 32 years old.
Against Portland, the key is what it always is for any opponent playing the Blazers: Contain Damian Lillard. It’s almost a certainty at this point that he’s going to get his points, so the crucial element to containing him is forcing him into bad shots.
We’ve learned that the Blazers floor general isn’t going to stop shooting at this point in the season, so forcing him into bad looks and keeping his percentage low (especially from deep) is what will help the Magic come away with a win on the road.
Portland Trail Blazers
If Lillard is locked up as the Magic hope he will be, the next man up is C.J. McCollum. The Trail Blazers’ 2-guard is well on his way to earning this season’s Most Improved Player award, and he’s a more than capable second option when Lillard has trouble creating his own shot.
The key for Portland will be getting the most out of its role players. Mason Plumlee has struggled defending opposing bigs lately, giving up double-doubles on a regular basis while failing to record double figures in either points or rebounds on his own.
The X-factor here could be Ed Davis. If Lillard’s shots aren’t falling, “Phys Ed’s” offensive rebounding skills will come in handy.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 41-20-2 in POR last 63 Sat. games.
- Underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
- Orlando is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Portland
Free Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers Prediction
Chances are, the Orlando Magic put up a good fight in this one with their young roster. Even better chances, though, are the Blazers walking away with a win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Magic ATS
Expect Lillard to struggle a bit with his shot, but still put up 20-plus in the scoring column. Combine that with a possible 20-plus from McCollum, and the Blazers should grab a close victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland 104 – Orlando 98
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