Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/15/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/15/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

But the only thing the Blazers cared about Friday night was the final score and that revealed a 95-88 taking-care-of-business victory over the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.

The Blazers' next game is 4 p.m. PT Friday at Orlando.

In the Magic's last matchup, they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-95. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.5 rebounds.

It could be a tough game for Orlando on the offensive glass. Portland led 50-43 at halftime. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.

Portland is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings. It was the Blazers' second consecutive win after that alarming five-game losing streak and it moved them to 2-1 on their five-game trip. It was his first game since December 5, when he suffered his ankle injury in a loss to the Washington Wizards at the Moda Center.

"You've got to win games", All-Star point guard Damian Lillard said. He also put up 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Turner finished with 10 points.

Orlando is 5-1 when they allow less than 100 points, while Portland is 10-3. The Orlando Magic have lost seven of their last 10 home games.

Orlando averages 5.1 blocks per game, which ranks eighth in the league. Overall, he has 24 double-doubles in 29 career games versus Portland.

The Magic rank 12th in three pointers attempted per game (30.0) while the Trail Blazers rank 25th (25.1).

Lillard had 13 points in the third quarter when Portland slipped away from the Magic.

The Magic rank 18th in steals per game (7.6) while the Trail Blazers rank 29th (6.6). Dwight Howard tallied 15 points and 16 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last six road games. Over the last five games, Aminu - who entered the game ranked second in the National Basketball Association in three-point shooting percentage (48.4) - has made 18 of 31 threes. He's averaged 21.2 PTS, 4.1 REB, 2.7 AST, 1 STL, 0.4 BLK and 2.1 TO on the season.

During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 99.6 points per game (7.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.2 points per game (3.4 below their season average).

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