NBA Betting Preview: Trail Blazers at Magic

Orlando Magic logoThe Orlando Magic will try and get a win against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night without All-Star center Dwight Howard in the lineup (7:05 p.m. ET).

Howard picked up his 16th technical foul of the season on Friday and will serve an automatic one-game suspension on Monday.

With Howard’s absence, Orlando is listed as a slim 1.5-point home favorite at and the total is set at 188. On the moneyline, the Magic are -125; the Blazers are +105.

The Magic will have to find someone to pick up the slack on Monday as Howard is averaging 23.1 points and 13.9 rebounds per game. Orlando will likely be looking to Jameer Nelson (12.6 ppg) and Jason Richardson (13.8 ppg) to carry the scoring load against the Blazers.

It would also help if the Magic got something out of Hedo Turkoglu (10 ppg), who has simply been horrible the past few games.

It helps Orlando will be facing Portland who really doesn’t have a scoring center. The Blazers rely upon LaMarcus Aldridge (22.3 ppg) to get the bulk of their points.

Portland is beginning the first of a tough four-game road trip on Monday. After Orlando, the Blazers also have stops in Miami, Charlotte and Atlanta before returning home.

The Blazers are coming off a big home win on Saturday night as they routed Charlotte 93-69 as 11-point favorites.

The Blazers are still trying to get into a rhythm with forward Gerald Wallace (15.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg), who they acquired from Charlotte. Wallace has been coming off the bench with Portland and has averaged 10.5 ppg in four games.

The last time these two teams met was in December and the Blazers won 97-83 as 2.5-point home dogs. Howard had 39 points in that game although the Magic still lost.

Portland has not had much success recently on the road in Orlando as they are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings at Orlando.

Here are some more key NBA betting stats for Monday’s game:

The Trail Blazers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road games. The Trail Blazers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six vs. the Eastern Conference. The Magic are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight Monday games. The Magic are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. the Northwest.

The under is 8-1 in the Trail Blazers’ last nine vs. the Southeast. The over is 4-1 in the Trail Blazers’ last five road games. The under is 11-2 in Orlando’s last 13 overall. The under is 7-2 in Orlando’s last nine home games. In this series, the over is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in Orlando.

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