Portland Trail Blazers at Orlando Magic Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/24/2014
Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 PM on CSNW, FSFL
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
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Portland embarks on a tough 5 game road stretch where 4 matchups are against teams headed to the playoffs. The one squad that isn't is Orlando which makes Tuesday night's game against the Magic a must-win for the Trailblazers. Orlando might not put up much of a fight as they've lost 9 straight and will likely finish the season with the 3rd worst record in the NBA.
There's a lot at stake in this game for Portland as they aim to jump into the 4th seed to steal home court advantage away from Houston in their likely first round playoff matchup. The Blazers haven't been playing like a team surging towards the postseason as they've lost 6 of their last 10 games. Compounding the struggles for Tuesday night's tilt against Orlando is the fact that it comes on the heels of a Monday night battle with the Miami Heat.
One bright spot of Orlando's 9 game losing streak could be the fact that they've covered the spread in 3 of them. Offense, or lack thereof, has been the key to the Magic's struggles as of late. Orlando has failed to break 94 points in 4 straight which has led to 4 totals going under.
Portland was able to dominate in their last matchup, posting a 110-94 win at the Moda Center on January 8th. Trailblazer bettors had to take a risk with a -12.5 spread but the 16 point victory was enough to cover the number. Oddsmakers were expecting a high-scoring affair with a 206.5 total but even 36 points from LaMarcus Aldridge weren't enough to hit the over.
Portland is 20-15-0 ATS on the road this season
Portland is 22-13-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Orlando is 17-16-0 ATS at home this season
Orlando is 20-13-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/23/14 C LaMarcus Aldridge Back questionable
03/23/14 G Will Barton Elbow questionable
02/11/14 F Joel Freeland Knee out 4-8 weeks
03/24/14 G Jameer Nelson Knee questionable Tuesday vs. Portland
Tony's Pick: Take Portland
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