Lillard, Trail Blazers set for matchup against the Magic

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Portland Trail Blazers (26-18, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (15-29, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Damian Lillard leads Portland into a matchup with Orlando. He's second in the league scoring 30.0 points per game.

The Magic are 10-14 in home games. Orlando is sixth in the Eastern Conference at limiting opponent scoring, allowing only 111.3 points while holding opponents to 46.8% shooting.

The Trail Blazers are 12-9 on the road. Portland averages 11.4 turnovers per game and is 19-9 when turning the ball over less than opponents.

The teams square off for the second time this season. The Trail Blazers won the last matchup 106-97 on Feb. 9. Lillard scored 36 points to help lead Portland to the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Chasson Randle is third on the Magic with 1.0 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 5.5 points while shooting 35.7% from beyond the arc. Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 9.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 35.6% over the last 10 games for Orlando.

Lillard leads the Trail Blazers averaging 30 points while adding 4.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. Robert Covington is averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers and scoring 10.7 points over the last 10 games for Portland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Magic: 2-8, averaging 103.4 points, 45.8 rebounds, 22.5 assists, 5.1 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 43.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.2 points on 45.8% shooting.

Trail Blazers: 6-4, averaging 116.1 points, 40 rebounds, 20.8 assists, 6.1 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.7 points on 51.5% shooting.

INJURIES: Magic: Gary Harris: out (thigh), Markelle Fultz: out for season (knee), Jonathan Isaac: out for season (knee), Terrence Ross: day to day (knee), Cole Anthony: out (rib).

Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic: out (wrist), Zach Collins: out (ankle).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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