Magic vs. Trail Blazers - 3/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (44-22) at Orlando Magic (21-49)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSFL
The Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic meet Friday night at the Amway Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21.2 points and 6.2 assists. Arron Afflalo is shooting 39.1 percent from the field and Robin Lopez is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers have allowed 100-plus points in four of their last six games and are allowing 47.3 percent shooting in their last five games. The Trail Blazers are still one of the better teams in the league, but eight of their last nine losses have come on the road, which includes back-to-back losses.
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The Orlando Magic look to snap a six-game losing streak. On the season, the Magic are averaging 95.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 101.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.3 points and 11.2 rebounds while Victor Oladipo is averaging 17.6 points and 4.1 assists. Elfrid Payton is dishing 6.1 assists and Channing Frye is shooting 39.4 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic are allowing teams to shooting 49.9 percent from the field during their losing streak. About the only good news for the Magic is that their last seven victories have come on their home court. Dewayne Dedmon and Tobias Harris are questionable while Evan Fournier and Willie Green are doubtful.
The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Orlando and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Trail Blazers know they have to start winning games on the road, and it should start against a banged up Orlando squad. I look for Portland to get the job done here.