Portland Trail Brazers (2-1) vs Orlando Magic (2-2)Date : 10/25/2018
Time : 7:00PM ET
Location : Amway Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Portland Trail Brazers vs Orlando Magic
The Magic will welcome the Blazers to Amway Center as the Magic are coming off a victory against the Celtics while the Blazers lost in a nail-biter against the Wizards in overtime. Game tips off at 7:00 PM ET.
Portland Trail Brazers's Latest Performance :
The Blazers will be hitting the road for the first time this season, the Blazers were unfortunate in their last game that came down to the very last basket. Lillard had a chance to win the game but his layup attempt was blocked by Porter. Both teams were equally matched but the Wizards were able to find a way past the Blazers. Lillard still needs to work on his shot selection as he was 7-for-21 from the floor he was almost perfect from the line hitting 13-for-15 from the line he ended the game with 29 points. Considering how poor he was shooting from the floor the Blazers lost by only one point. Lillard is expected to bounce back against the Magic he should put up huge numbers. Jusuf Nurkic hit 9-of-16 shots and 4-of-4 free throws for 22 points, 18 rebounds it was the best game of the season so far, he will be looking forward going up against Vucevic who has been on a tear offensively to start the season.
Orlando Magic's Latest Performance :
The Magic are returning home after beating the Celtics in their last game, they will be facing the Blazers. Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points with 12 rebounds. He hit 11-of-18 shots and 1-of-2 free throws in 33 minutes. This was just another day at the office for Vucevic and he’s coming off a monster 27-point, 13-board, and 12-assist triple-double. He is hoping to keep his momentum going against the Blazers. No one picked the Magic to come up on top against the Celtics but the with the way Vucevic is playing for the Magic they won’t be a walk in the park. Evan Fournier dished out a career-high 10 assists in Monday’s win over the Celtics, adding 14 points. Jonathan Isaac is coming off a career night against the C’s he had 18 points and grabbed 12 boards. He hit a clutch midrange jumper over Tatum to seal the victory for the Magic. Playing against the Blazer the Magic must do a good job at covering the three-point line because that is how the Blazers get the majority of their points from.
How Portland Trail Brazers & Orlando Magic Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Trail Blazers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games.
Against The Spread Selection: Portland Trail Blazers
My reason for the pick :
The Portland Trail Blazers will beat the Magic on the road in this game. The Portland backcourt will prove to be too much for the Magic to handle after a disappointing overtime lost I expect Lillard and McCollum to come out firing early in the game, however, all the attention will be shifted to the paint as Vucevic and Nurkic will battle it out down low. Both with a similar playing style that proves to be very effective in today’s NBA. Vucevic will be able to edge out Nurkic in terms of the stat line but Nurkic will come out with a victory with the help of their great backcourt Lillard and McCollum.
Betting trends for Portland Trail Brazers:
- Trail Blazers are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Southeast.
Betting trends for Orlando Magic:
- Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.