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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Orlando Magic Free Pick 03/02/20

The Portland Trail Blazers (26-35) can snap a six-game road losing streak when they go head-to-head with the Orlando Magic (27-33) at Amway Center. Orlando is a 7-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 223.5 points. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox SportsNet Florida.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Orlando Magic Odds Preview

The Trail Blazers were beaten by the Atlanta Hawks in their last contest, 129-117. They were unable to cover as 2.5-point underdogs. With 35 points on 14-for-26 shooting, CJ McCollum was the top scorer from either team. Atlanta did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (19-22; 86.4 percent). Portland, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.5 (above their season average of 22.0). The two teams combined to put up 246 points, which was over the projected point total of 240.5.

In the Magic’s previous matchup, they were topped by the San Antonio Spurs, 114-113, but they did cover as 4-point underdogs. Evan Fournier was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting. San Antonio made 14 of their 31 three pointers (45.2 percent). Orlando, on the other hand, held the Spurs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.4 (below their season average of 20.4). The two squads collectively scored 227 points, which was just over the O/U total of 224.5.

These two teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to put up 221 points in that game, which was just over the projected point total of 219.5. The Trail Blazers won 118-103, covering as 4-point favorites. Portland made 17 of its 36 three pointers (47.2 percent). Orlando, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (7.8 vs. 17.8). McCollum had a standout performance in the victory, producing 31 points and seven rebounds.

Of Portland’s 61 games, 33 have finished over the projected point total, while 30 of Orlando’s 60 games have finished under the O/U total. Both teams have mediocre straight up (SU) records (26-35 for Portland; 27-33 for Orlando), but the Magic have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Orlando is 27-29-4 ATS, while the Trail Blazers are 24-35-2.

Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Trail Blazers, it’s been McCollum, who has averaged 29 points,9.0 assists, while the Magic have gotten solid contributions from Terrence Ross (18 points,5.2 rebounds,1.8 steals).

Orlando could put on a ball-control clinic in this meeting. Orlando ranks third in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.0 percent), while Portland forces the third-fewest turnovers (11.9 percent).

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Orlando Magic Betting Prediction

Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Magic, ATS Winner – Trail Blazers, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Notes:

The Magic rank 10th in points off turnovers per game (17.1) while the Trail Blazers rank last (14.0).

Orlando ranks 20th in assists per game (23.6) while Portland ranks 29th (19.9).

Orlando ranks fifth in blocked shots (5.9 per game) while Portland ranks 18th in blocks allowed per game (5.1).

Orlando ranks 23rd in points in the paint per game (45.5) while Portland ranks 26th (44.1).

On the road, Portland is 13-18-1 ATS with 16 unders, 15 overs and 1 push.

At home, Orlando is 11-17-2 ATS with 18 unders and 12 overs.

Orlando is 12-4 when they allow below 100 points, while Portland is 4-0.

In games where they reach 100 points, the Magic are 23-14 and the Trail Blazers are 26-28.

The Magic rank 18th in rebounds allowed per game (45.5) while the Trail Blazers rank last (47.7).

Orlando ranks first in second chance points allowed per game (11.2) while Portland ranks 29th (15.6).

The Magic rank fifth in steals per game (8.5) while the Trail Blazers rank 29th (6.0).

The Magic rank 19th in three pointers attempted per game (32.1) while the Trail Blazers rank 24th in three pointers allowed per game (35.0).

Orlando ranks second in fast break points allowed per game (11.5) while Portland ranks 25th (15.2).

Bettings Trends:

Orlando is 4-1 ATS with 5 overs in its last five games.

Over its last five games, Portland is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.

The Magic have outscored opponents by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Orlando has lost by an average of 1.3 points.

During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 109.0 points per game (4.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 117.0 points per game (1.6 above their season average).

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