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Portland Trail Blazers vs Orlando Magic; The Preview

  • Tonight the Portland Trail Blazers vs Orlando Magic closes the home stand, where Orlando remain unbeaten by sub-.500 teams (16-0) this season.

Regular Season Game 75 – Portland Trail Blazers vs Orlando Magic 

  • Venue – Kia Center, Orlando, Florida  
  • Tip time here in the U.K. is midnight, which is 7pm in Orlando.
  • To watch live or on demand in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 43-31
  • Run: Won 1 and are 6-4 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 26-12 (26-11 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City).
  • Road Record 17-19
  • Standing: 5th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 110.5 Against 108.3
  • RatingOffensive 23rd Defensive 2nd
  • The Magic have on 21 occasions this season held opponents to under 100 points, winning 18 of those games.
  • When Orlando lead going into the final quarter of a game this season they hold a 36-1 record, leading the league in this category. 

Last Time Out vs Memphis Grizzlies

  • The Magic gave the fans a stress free night as they recorded a blowout home court victory, by 88-118 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night (30th March).
  • Orlando shot the ball with great accuracy, hitting 22 of their 44 attempts from 3-point range. Cole Anthony hit five triples, Wendell Carter Jr, Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan and Joe Ingles knocked down three each.
  • Scoring was a team effort, with seven Orlando players in double figures.
  • Wendell Carter Jr led the scoring with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony also had 15 points apiece.
  • Paolo Banchero finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks.
  • Franz Wagner scored 13, Markelle Fultz 12 and Joe Ingles 11. 
  • The starting lineup was Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench came Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz, Anthony Black, Joe Ingles, Moritz Wagner, Chuma Okeke, Admiral Schofield and Goga Bitadze.
  • Jonathan Isaac, Gary Harris, Jett Howard, Kevon Harris and Trevelin Queen were inactive for the Magic.

Tonight

  • The Magic have a clean bill of health for this game, with both Jonathan Isaac and Gary Harris being again available.
  • Jett Howard is upgraded to available having been assigned to the G-League with the Osceola Magic.
  • Trevelin Queen and Kevon Harris are also listed as available.
  • With Gary Harris available Coach Mosley will likely insert him back into the starting unit. If Orlando can put this one to bed early we could see appearances by some less used end of bench guys.

The Portland Trail Blazers 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 19-55 Run: Lost 9 and are 1-9 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 14th in the West 
  • Points Per GameFor 107.2 Against 116.2
  • RatingOffensive 29th Defensive 23rd
  • On the season Portland have a 8-28 road record.
  • Simply put the Trail Blazers have not been good this season. Their field goal percentage is next to worst in the NBA at a shade over 44%, they turn the ball over at a rate that is bottom 3, are last in assists, 2-point-percentage and defensive rebounds amongst several other categories on defence.
  • Of note though is that Portland are effective on the offensive glass, leading to a high rating for second chance scoring.
  • Anfernee Simons and Jerami Grant are the team leaders. Simons scores 22.6 points and makes 5.5 assists per game. Grant provides 21 points. Additional scoring threat is in the form of Deandre Ayton, Shaedon Sharpe, rookie Scoot Henderson and Dalano Banton.

Last Time Out For The Portland Trail Blazers 

  • Portland took an embarrassing road thrashing on Friday night by 82-142 to the Miami Heat.
  • The loss was the third largest in Trail Blazers’ history, topped by a 62-point rout against Oklahoma City on Jan 11 this year and significantly further back to Indiana on Feb. 27, 1998.
  • Scoot Henderson scored 20 points for the Trail Blazers, along with 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Deandre Ayton returned after a four-game absence through left elbow tendonitis and finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
  • Dalano Banton led the bench with 12 points.
  • Starting 5 – Scoot Henderson, Deandre Ayton, Kris Murray, Jabari Walker and Rayan Rupert.
  • From the bench came Dalano Banton, Duop Reath, Justin Minaya, Ibou Badji and Matisse Thybulle.
  • Anfernee Simons, Jerami Grant, Shaedon Sharpe, Malcolm Brogdan, Robert Williams III, Moses Brown, Ashton Hagans and Toumani Camara were all inactive.

Tonight

  • Portland are hurt, and it affects some core players. Anfernee Simons, Malcolm Brogdan, Robert Williams III, Shaedon Sharpe, Matisse Thybulle and Toumani Camara are all out. Jerami Grant and Justin Minaya are both day-to-day and doubtful. Moses Brown and Ashton Hagans are not listed having been in active in Miami.
  • Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups will likely use that same starting 5 as in Miami if Jerami Grant is again a no go.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Orlando Magic – Head-To-Head

  • In 68 regular season games played the score stands at 28-40 to Portland.
  • The opening meeting this season on game day 2 (October 27th) was a hard fought road win for the Magic by 102-97. The Magic showed composure in the final quarter as Portland come back from 13 down to within 5 points. Had Orlando hit more than the 65.6% of the 32 free throws attempted the victory could have been comfortable. 
  • From Feb 2017 to January 2022 Portland won 10 meetings straight. 
  • For the last two seasons each team has won on the road, splitting the series 1-1.
  • Last season saw each game decided by a 3 point margin.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Orlando Magic; A Final Thought

  • Orlando need to take care of their business and beat what is in front of them. They can not allow themselves to take the night off and play to their opponent’s record. 
  • Home court is within grasp for the playoffs, remember our record is 43-31. Orlando are chasing Cleveland in 3rd (45-30) and the New York Knicks in 4th (44-30). On our tails are the Pacers in 6th on a 42-33 record. The Magic are 2 wins clear of the Miami Heat (7th at 41-33) and 3 wins of the Philadelphia 76ers (8th at 40-35).

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