Trail Blazers vs. Magic - 1/10/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (13-26) at Portland Trail Blazers (28-8)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, CSNN
The Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers play Saturday night at the Moda Center.
The Orlando Magic have lost five straight games and play their third straight road contest. On the season, the Magic are averaging 93.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 46 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.1 points and seven rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is averaging 5.4 assists and Victor Oladipo is shooting 45.9 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic are struggling to find an identity as they’re a team that’s so up and down. The good news for the Magic is that they continue to play hard on the defensive end, as they’re allowing just 25.5 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. Still, the Magic continue to stockpile the losses and are still searching for consistent play on the offensive end.
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The Portland Trail Blazers have won six of their last seven games and wrap up a seven-game homestand. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 103.8 points on 45 percent shooting and are allowing 96.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.1 points and 10.7 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 22.1 points and 6.3 assists. Wesley Matthews is shooting 46.9 percent from the field and Chris Kaman is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers continue to play elite level defense, as they’re allowing just 4.8 percent shooting from the field and 25.5 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. With the offensive firepower the Trail Blazers have, they’ve won nine straight games when holding a team under 100 points.
The Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
I like the over in this matchup, as I think the number is a tad bit too low with the way Portland is capable of shooting the ball. Look for this to sail over, especially with the Magic playing on tired legs after just playing Friday night.