Víctor Claver - Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Recent slides have taken Sunday's teams out of playoff contention.
The Orlando Magic take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday evening in a matchup of two teams headed in the wrong direction. Orlando has lost 12 straight and 23 of its last 25, while Portland's slide of 10 losses in its last 15 games, though more modest, still bodes ill for its playoff chances. Tipoff is set for 6 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida in the Orlando market. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 4 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.
Orlando's last time out: The Magic hung in there on Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Cleveland put together a 13-0 run spanning the late third and early fourth quarters to build a lead the visiting Magic couldn't surmount. The final score was 119-108. Orlando got 25 points and 13 boards from Nikola Vučević and another 21 points from Andrew Nicholson.
Portland's last time out: The Blazers dipped to .500 on Friday after their 118-106 loss to the Houston Rockets, one in which Portland allowed 12 three-pointers. All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 11 boards for the Blazers, who have lost 10 of their last 15 games.
The last meeting: Rookie point guard Damian Lillard sparked the Blazers to a 125-119 win in overtime at the Rose Garden. Aldridge scored 27 to lead five Portland players in double-figure scoring. The Blazers' usually anemic bench mustered 20 points in the win.