Portland Trail Blazers (14-13) at Orlando Magic (11-18)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic meet Friday in NBA action at the Amway Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory after losing five of their last six games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 103.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.3 points and 6.1 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last six road games.
The Orlando Magic also need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 106.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 110.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.5 points and 8.1 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.3 points and three assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost seven of their last 10 home games.
The Trail Blazers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Friday games, 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Magic are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Orlando, 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Magic continue to stink up the joint and still have banged up players in Gordon and Fournier, who may or not play. The Portland Trail Blazers have had their hiccups this season as well, but they've been really solid on the road as of late, which includes covers in each of their last four tries. I look for Portland's backcourt to get the job done here against a beat up and struggling Orlando team. I'll lay the bucket.