Date/Time: 11-28-2018, 22:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -7.5
Two teams from opposing conferences sitting within the playoff places are clashing, when the Orlando Magic, looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers, who have lost three straight and are looking to bounce back as well.
Magic are 10-11 so far in the league and are sitting in the eighth place of the Eastern Conference. They are 1-3 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Golden State on the road, 110-116. Blazers are 12-8 so far in the league and are tied with Memphis in the fifth place of the Western Conference. They have lost their last three games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Los Angeles Clippers at home, 100-104.
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In their latest matchup earlier this year Portland were victorious on the road by 14 points. Portland are 7-3 at home so far, while Orlando are 4-5 on the road. Portland have a better offense with 112.6 ppg to Orlando’s 105.9, while Orlando have a better defense, allowing 108.9 ppg to Portland’s 110.6 ppg. Both squads have identical accuracy from the field, shooting with 45.1% each and they also have almost identical accuracy from behind the arc, shooting with 35% and 34.6%. Portland are better in rebounding (50.3 to 42.4), while Orlando dish more assists (26.3 to 20.4) and commit fewer turnovers per game (12.9 to 14.2). Orlando have been playing pretty good on the road and expect them to force a closer game than 8 points in Portland tonight.
Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Orlando Magic +7.5 (-109)