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2021 NBA Handicapping
(25-18) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Orlando Magic (15-29)
Date: Friday, March 26th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Trail Blazers -750| Magic +475
NBA Betting Odds: Trail Blazers -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 219
The Trail Blazers play on the back-to-back on Friday, but oddsmakers don’t seem to mind making them nearly a dozen point favorites on the road at Orlando. Portland was able to get a 125-122 win over the Heat on Thursday.
It’s the beginning of a rebuild for Orlando, who were extremely active at the trade deadline. Gone are franchise stalwarts Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier. The Magic are pretty thin here.
Portland Trail Blazers
Covering an 11.5 spread is a lot to ask from this Portland team after a grueling 3-point win over the Jimmy Butler-less Heat on Thursday night. The Blazers used just an 8 man rotation out of necessity as well.
Damian Lillard was held to just 22 points against the Heat, but also played 39minutes. CJ McCollum led Portland with 35 points, but also logged 38 minutes of court time. Every Trail Blazers player was on the court at least 20 minutes.
One thing the trade of Vucevic does is give Portland an advantage on the interior. Enes Kanter had 16 rebounds vs. Miami, and had 19 the game before vs. Brooklyn. He also had 33 minutes vs. the Heat on Thursday.
Portland does get larger on Friday with the return of 7’0, 290 pound Jusuf Nurkic, who has been out since mid-January with a calf injury. One more big body to throw at the depleted Magic squad.
Orlando fans will probably need their programs on Friday night, as this team will look a lot different moving forward. That’s especially true the day after the trade deadline, when the new additions aren’t a member of the team yet.
Wendell Carter, Jr., Otto Porter, and R.J. Hampton will join the team in time, but Friday’s lineup looks a bit ugly. Khem Birch, Chuma Okeke, James Ennis, Dwayne Bacon, and Michael Carter-Williams appear to be Friday’s starters and with not a ton of support behind them.
Besides waiting for the newly acquired players to pass their physicals, Orlando continues to battle the injury bug. Cole Anthony (ribs) and Terrence Ross (knee) could’ve logged valuable minutes vs. Portland.
It’s hard to look at any of Orlando’s past results as an indicator of how this game will go because it’s an entirely different team. That goes for the 112-111 win over the Suns on Wednesday as Vucevic, Fournier, and Gordon were 3 of the top 4 scorers.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 3-7 ATS last 10 overall
- Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS last 7 as a favorite
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS last 5 road games
- Over is 6-2 in Trail Blazers last 8 on 0 days rest
- Magic are 4-1-1 ATS last 6 home games
- Under is 5-2 in Magic last 7 overall
- Trail Blazers are 6-1-1 ATS last 8 head to head meetings
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
This is a dangerous game. Portland is on the back to back, but still Orlando is very depleted. You also have to wonder about the psyche of the Magic players now that management has officially gone into rebuild.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Magic +11.5
Nothing fires up a player like being told how horrible you are. Orlando may not win, but they can keep this within a dozen.
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