The Orlando Magic visit the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden on Monday evening, hoping to snap an eight-game losing streak and rediscover their winning ways. Tipoff is set for 10 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida in the Orlando market. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 8 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.
Orlando's last time out: In Saturday's loss against the New York Knicks, the Magic built a big lead, only to lose it in the fourth quarter due to poor defense. It's a familiar story for Orlando, which has lost seven of its last eight games by eight points or fewer. Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo kept up their torrid offensive play, scoring 29 points apiece in defeat.
Portland's last time out: The Blazers closed a four-game roadtrip with a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, building an 18-point lead through three quarters before having to hold on for a five-point win. Damian Lillard, the presumptive Rookie of the Year, had 20 points, four boards, and six assists. Starting swingmen Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews scored 26 apiece.
The last meeting: Monday's is the first matchup between the Magic and the Blazers in 2012/13. The Magic won the lone meeting between the teams in the lockout-shortened 2011/12 season as seven players scored between 11 and 17 points.