Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/2/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Portland Trail Blazers (26-35) at Orlando Magic (27-33)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -6 -- Over/Under: 220
The Portland Trailblazers and the Orlando Magic duke it out at the Amway Center on Monday night.
The Portland Trailblazers have been in a slump as they've lost six of their last seven games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat after falling to the Hawks in a 129-117 road loss on Saturday. CJ McCollum led the team with 35 points and five assists, Hassan Whiteside added 21 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks while Garrett Trent Jr. chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 50 percent from the field and eight of 28 from the 3-point line as they trailed by seven points at halftime after allowing 40 points in the second quarter, before getting blown out in the third quarter where they were outscored by 44-34 to trail by as many as 20 points.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in decent form lately as they've won five of their last seven games, but they are coming into this one looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak halted by the Spurs in a 114-113 road loss on Saturday. Evan Fournier led the team with 23 points and five assists, Terrence Ross provided the spark off the bench with 21 points while Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 16 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Magic shot 48 percent from the field and 15 of 37 from the 3-point line as they trailed by as many as 16 points to lead by six points early in the fourth quarter, but they just couldn't contain the Spurs who escaped behind five crucial points from Bryn Forbes in the final 1:27.
Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Magic are 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games, 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the Trailblazers are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Trailblazers have really been on a downward spiral since Damian Lillard went down as they just don't have the firepower to compete on a nightly basis. The Magic haven't been at their best, but their won five of their last seven and were riding a three-game win streak before running into the Spurs on Saturday. The Trailblazers are just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games, so while they're so shorthanded, I'm going with the Magic to get the win and cover at home.