The Orlando Magic close a back-to-back set on the road Saturday as they take on the surging Portland Trail Blazers.
Tipoff between Orlando and Portland is set for 10:00 PM. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.
Orlando's last time out: The Magic suffered an embarrassing loss to an undermanned Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, 101-84. Playing without Kobe Bryant and Wesley Johnson, L.A. nonetheless smacked Orlando behind 18 points from Jeremy Lin and a 12-point, 14-rebound effort from Tarik Black, a midseason waiver-wire pickup. Against one of the league's worst defenses, the Magic shot just 39.5 percent from the floor and committed 16 turnovers.
Portland's last time out: The Blazers continued their strong season Thursday by delivering the Miami Heat a 99-83 beatdown thanks to a blistering third quarter, one in which they outscored the Heat by a 33-16 margin. LaMarcus Aldridge tallied game-bests with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews contributed 18 points and five assists as Portland cruised. Miami shot 37.7 percent from the floor in defeat.
Last season: The teams split the two-game series, with each club winning at home. Orlando stunned Portland in the most recent meeting, taking advantage of Aldridge's absence to earn a 95-85 victory. Tobias Harris scored 25 points and hauled in 11 boards off Orlando's bench as the Magic withstood a 20-point, 13-board effort from Robin Lopez word.
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