Free NBA Picks Today: Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers 3/5/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers 3/5/23
Sun 5th March 2023

The Portland Trail Blazers (29-34, 12-19 Away) will be looking to snap their losing run when they head to face the Orlando Magic (27-37, 15-16 Home) on Sunday. Portland was outplayed by the Atlanta Hawks 129-111 at State Farm Arena on Friday, their third loss in a row.

With 33 points and eight assists, Damian Lillard was the key player in the losing effort. The Trail Blazers are the 12th seed in the Western Conference. Orlando got the win on Friday at Spectrum Center, beating the Charlotte Hornets 117-106.

Paolo Banchero had 31 points and five assists, leading the team. The Magic are the 13th seed in the Eastern Conference. It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams.

Orlando will be looking for a season sweep against Portland after winning the only previous game 109-106 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter on January 10.

Franz Wagner led the Magic with 29 points. Lillard had 30 points in defeat. The Blazers have been led this season by Lillard, who is averaging 32.3 points per game, third-highest in the league. Lillard also has dished 7.1 assists per game.

Meanwhile, Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.4 rebounds.Banchero (19.9 ppg) and Wagner (18.7) have been the primary providers of the Magic’s offense. Banchero has also recorded 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

The Trail Blazers are 6-4 in the last 10 games at Amway Center. Portland is looking to end a four-game road losing streak this season. In the last 10 games, Portland is 3-7 with an average margin of -8.5 (116.3-124.8).

For the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 114.9 points per game, compared to 115.7 for opponents. Orlando has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 109.2 points per game on average while scoring only 108.0 (-1.2 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Cam Reddish: 21.2 | 13.2 | +8.0
Anfernee Simons: 8.0 | 27.9 | -19.9
Points per game:
Damian Lillard: 42.5 | 32.3 | +10.2
Anfernee Simons: 4.0 | 21.1 | -17.1
Rebounds per game:
Drew Eubanks: 6.8 | 5.1 | +1.7
Assists per game:
Anfernee Simons: 1.0 | 4.1 | -3.1


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Bol Bol: 6.4 | 16.6 | -10.2
Rebounds per game:
Wendell Carter Jr.: 11.0 | 8.8 | +2.2
Bol Bol: 3.2 | 6.0 | -2.8

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