Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers 12/20/2019 Odds Picks and Previews
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Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers 12/20/2019 – These are both teams with mirroring records at 12-16 and they are set to break the deadlock. The Orlando Magic travels to the west to battle the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The Magic are coming off after losing two straight games while the Blazers look like they are picking it up as they won their last two. This basketball game will be held on this Friday, December 20 at 10 pm Eastern Time. TV broadcast will be handled by the NBC Sports Northwest while live streaming is available via NBA League Pass and SofaScore. The Blazers are expected to win this game according to the Best Online Sportsbook and Orlando will drop their third straight game.
Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers 12/20/2019
Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers 12/20/2019 Betting Odds
Orlando Magic Betting
The return of Nikola Vucevic is great news to the Orlando Magic organization and he has played in the last three games. Orlando are still on a 4-game Western Conference swing and this game against Portland will be the last in that road trip. Overall, they only won the first game against New Orleans but lost to Utah and Denver consecutively. Evan Fournier is the team’s top scorer with 19.8 points per game but the team is built around Vucevic who is doing 17.3 points, 9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the past three games. It should be a tough one for Orlando facing the Blazers who are hyped up with the return of Carmelo Anthony.
Players to watch: E. Fournier SG 28 GP 28 GS 30.7 MIN 19.8 PTS 0.1 OR 2.5 DR 2.7 REB 3.3 AST 0.9 STL 0.2 BLK 2 TO 2.3 PF 1.7 AST/TO 19.04 PER
Portland Trail Blazers Betting
Carmelo Anthony finally made it back to the NBA and he is injecting newfound energy with the Portland Trail Blazers. He has averaged 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds since his return. Damian Lillard is still the leader of the team doing 26.5 points per game and CJ McCollum is averaging 22 points in the season. But with the emergence of Anthony, they seem to have found the void left by Jusuf Nurkic and Rodney Hood who all went down with an injury to start the season. The Blazers are 6-6 at home but they are playing better in the Moda Center as compared to going on the road. Other players have been a good compliment to the Blazers renewed chemistry with Hassan Whiteside providing the anchor in the defensive end and he has been providing the Blazers with 15.9 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.
Players to Watch: D. Lillard PG 26 GP 26 GS 36.7 MIN 26.5 PTS 0.5 OR 3.8 DR 4.3 REB 7.6 AST 1 STL 0.4 BLK 2.9 TO 2 PF 2.6 AST/TO 24.46 PER
Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers 12/20/2019 Betting Numbers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando’s last 5 games.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games.
Al-Farouq Aminu PF Knee is out indefinitely
Portland Trail Blazers
Rodney Hood SG Achilles is out indefinitely
Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers Betting Picks
This should be a game that the Blazers needed to boost up the morale of the players as they will be on a three-game winning streak if they beat the Magic. They are much favored to win but if Orlando finds a way to get more players active, it will be close. It is understandable why NBA Betting Covers picked the Blazers to prevail in this game.
Moneyline: The Orlando Magic are considered the underdogs in this game and are given the ML of +140 if they win over Portland. On the other hand, the Blazers are handed with a -160.
ATS: It is a 5.5 point spread separating both teams with the Blazers at -5.5 while Magic is at +5.5.
TOTALs: The total for this game is expected to go at 218 with the Portland going under while Orlando is the team to go over.
Score Prediction: 112-106 Trail Blazers