Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (11-16) at Orlando Magic (13-11)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic play host to the Portland Trailblazers tonight at the Amway Center.
The Trailblazers have lost four of their last six games and are coming off an ugly 106-90 loss at Oklahoma City. CJ McCollum led the way with 24 points, Damian Lillard added 20 points while Mason Plumlee had 14, but no other player finished in double figures as the Blazers shot a miserable 34.8 percent from the field. As a team, the Blazers actually outscored the Thunder from the 3-point line, shooting 11 of 26 compared to the Thunder who made just two, but the Blazers needed Lillard to explode in the second half to stay competitive but he went 0 for 9 instead as the Thunder keyed in on him defensively.
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Meanwhile, the Magic have split their last six games but are going for a third straight win after cruising past the Hornets in a 113-98 win on Wednesday. Channing Frye led the scoring with 17 points, Evan Fournier added 15 points while Nikola Vucevic had 14 as the Magic combined to shoot 56 percent from the field in one of their best offensive displays of the season. There were a total of seven players in double digits in scoring and none of the starters were required to play their usual minutes as the Magic had this game wrapped up early. With the win, Orlando improves to 14-11 on the season and 8-4 at home.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record, while the Magic are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a tema with a losing record and 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the Blazers are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Orlando.
While the Blazers have been playing poorly lately, they're more than capable of pulling off the upset on the road, but the Magic have been in a groove the last couple of games and should go on to win a third straight tonight.