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The Portland Trail Blazers avenged their earlier loss to the Clippers with a win over L.A. last night and with that win the Blazers still have yet to lose at home this season.
The Magic are 3-2 in their last 5 games, but 4 of those games were to weak teams and the only legit team they played in that span was the Bulls and they lost that game badly and at home no less.
Orlando Magic (6-3) at Portland Blazers (7-2)
When: 10 PM ET, Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Blazers vs. Clippers Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Blazers -3.5
Moneyline: Blazers -157, Magic +137
Over/Under: 186 / Opened at 190
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
The Blazers were on fire in the Clippers game with all 5 starters scoring in double figures and they shot 51.4% from the floor. On top of that in their 6-0 home start this season their D has been solid holding opponents to only 92.5 ppg.
The Blazers have won 3 straight against the Magic.
Superman Dwight Howard is averaging 18.6 ppg pulling down an average 14.6 rebounds per game. He is also a defensive stud, but he has to stay out of foul trouble, which has plagued him all season.
He will be needed in this game, big time, as the Blazers lack a true center.
While the Blazers rank 6th in the league in points per game, led by LaMarcus Aldridge (22.1 ppg), Wesley Matthews (15.9 ppg), and Gerald Wallace (15.6 ppg), they will be facing an Orlando team that has the league’s 5th ranked defense.
In the Magic’s last game Howard sat for much of the game with foul trouble, but Jason Richardson and Glen Davis each scored at least 20 points and Howard will need help scoring from these guys and Ryan Anderson (18 ppg).
While Howard is a beast on the boards the Magic only rank 20th in the league in rebounds per game and Superman will need help keeping Marcus Camby (9.2 rpg) and Aldridge (7.7 rpg) from dominating the glass.
The only road wins the Magic have this season are against the Bobcats and the Kings, who have a combined 5 wins on the season.
Magic vs Blazers Free Prediction
- This season the Magic are 5-4 ATS with an O/U record of 2-7 and the Blazers are 6-2-1 ATS with an O/U record of 4-5.
- In some betting trends for this non-conference match up the Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games as a road underdog.
- They have an Under record of 7-1 in their last 8 road games.
- The Blazers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- They have an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
Pick: The Blazers are on fire and while the Magic are a good team they have not beaten a great team this season and that will still the case after this game, as Portland will win and cover the 3.5-point spread.