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(2-1) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Orlando Magic (2-2)
Date: Thursday October 25
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -3
NBA Betting Total: 218
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Thursday, October 25 finds the Portland Trail Blazers on the road to the Orlando Magic. The Magic shocked the Celtics with a win in their last game while the Blazers lost a heart breaker by a single point to the Wizards.
Last season, the Blazers swept the Magic in their season series. The Blazers hold the all-time record having bested the Magic in 32 of their 57 matches.
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A single point is the difference between a perfect 3-0 record for the Blazers. The loss to the Wizards was the Blazers first this season. The new look Blazers aren’t radically different from last season yet one addition to the team is fitting in seamlessly.
That’s Nik Stauskas who lit up the Lakers for 24 points connecting on five 3-point shots. Versus the Wizards Stauskas scored 15 points, yet it was his 8 rebounds and 3 assists which stand out.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum remain the primary and secondary scoring options, but Stauskas adds an interesting floor spacing and scoring option to the mix.
The other key change at least early this season is the Blazers have seemingly put less emphasis on defense. Last season the Blazers ranked sixth defensively and 13th offensively. In the vacuum of three games Portland’s production ranks 8th offensively and 14th defensively.
Perhaps the biggest difference comes via the tempo Portland play with as the 5th fastest pace this season versus 19th ranked pace last season.
Gary Trent Jr. hasn’t been available yet this season due to a right quadriceps injury and it is listed as questionable for Thursday against the Magic.
On paper the Magic are loaded with youthful talent but have an odd roster mix. This latter point rings true on court too. New head coach Steve Clifford has put the ball in big man Nikola Vucevic as the key playmaker to offset the absence of depth or talent in the backcourt, specifically at the point.
Individually each of the Magic’s young big men are impressive, but do the trio of youngsters (Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Issac and Mo Bamba) make sense long term?
The Magic’s big issue is scoring as Orlando rank 28th in this area while all the front court length and Clifford’s new system has demonstrated defensive improvements.
Through four games Orlando eked out a win versus Miami, played a back to back getting blown out by the Hornets (with no one to stop Kemba Walker), lost a one point heart breaker to the 76ers and shocked Boston.
Mozgov has a sore right knee which caused him to miss the last two games and remains questionable for Thursday’s game versus Blazers.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-2 in Orlando in last 8 home games.
- Blazers are 6-4 in last 10 head to head contests.
- Magic are 5-4-1 ATS in last 10 head to head matchups.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
With Vucevic garnering over 30 minutes per game expect Blazers coach Terry Stotts to serve up a frequent diet of drives by the Blazers star backcourt directly at Vucevic who isn’t known for his defensive prowess.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers -3
Portland bounce back from heartbreaking one point loss to Wizards with a win in Orlando.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Blazers 105 -Magic 99
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