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Game Preview: Orlando Magic at Portland Trail Blazers

2014 January 8

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The Orlando Magic were blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers 101-81 on Monday night. The Portland Trail Blazers are also coming off a loss. The Sacramento Kings earned a 123-119 home win over the Blazers Tuesday night. It was the Blazers’ second straight loss.

The Magic enter with a 10-24 record while the Blazers are 26-9.

The Magic rank 25th in offensive rating (98.2), 12th in defensive rating (102.4) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.61). The Blazers are first in offensive rating (110.1) 23rd in defensive rating (105.0) and play at the league’s 10th-fastest pace (97.8).

Tip-off from the Moda Center (it will always be the Rose Garden) in Portland, Oregon is scheduled for 10:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.

As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and FM 96.5 and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.

The officials for tonight’s game are Ken Mauer, Steve Anderson and Kevin Scott.

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The Line: Portland – 13.0 (205)

Starters:

Portland Trail Blazers

Robin Lopez
LaMarcus Aldridge
Nicolas Batum
Wesley Matthews
Damian Lillard

Orlando Magic

Jason Maxiell*
Glen Davis
Tobias Harris
Arron Afflalo
Jameer Nelson

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  • *Nikola Vucevic returned from his ankle injury only to suffer a concussion and he could miss an extended period of time. It is his second concussion since March.
  • C.J. McCollum, who is attempting to make his NBA debut after offseason foot surgery, did not play Tuesday.

Trail Blazers Resources:

Blazer’s Edge
Official Blazers Blog
Oregon Live
Portland Roundball Society
Rip City Project

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