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ORL vs POR Dream11 Prediction NBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers

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ORL vs POR Dream11: NBA has now reached an interesting period this season, it is the midseason! What does that mean? Well, midseason signifies a lot of rumors exploding on a regular basis. It also means that some teams that have been struggling to make their mark can either pull the trigger for a rebuild or find major players in exchange for their star players. And there can be numerous teams that remain quiet during the window and let things manifest as they had. And let us see what the two teams who meet here in Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers do during the next few weeks.

Orlando Magic has been a rebuilding team this season and their season has been mired by injuries, inexperience and that is why the team has the worst record in the league. Still, the team has been competitive recently during many games but yes, in most, if not all games they enter as the non-favorites.

The Portland Trail Blazers have now struggled to make an impression for two seasons in a row. Their defense has been holding them back once again and their superstar guards McCollum and Lillard have also missed a lot of games. Will Portland make some moves or do they still believe in the current core?

Host: Orlando Magic
Visitors: Portland Trail Blazers
Match Timing: 18 January, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: Amway Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Magic: The foundation looks solid
Orlando has done a great job of drafting some enticing talent and for me, they have hit the mark with some of the trades too. Getting Carter Jr. for Vucevic was a more than decent move as Wendell has shown the ability to be a big-time rebounder while improving his playmaking and scoring too. Franz Wagner has displayed his all-around talent at the wing position, Jalen Suggs has shown promise as a dynamic scorer, Cole Anthony has been doing his playmaking and scoring duties well again, leading the team many times while Mo Bamba can become a significant inside presence down the road. Overall, the foundation has been laid from the Point Guard to Center position, and that is a better foundation than teams like Pistons, Rockets, etc. who are the other rebuilding teams. If anything, the Orlando management is building high-value trade picks.

Trail Blazers: Is time up for the current core?
The Trail Blazers began the season with a core of Lillard-McCollum-Powell-Covington-Nurkic, on paper, a highly balanced team. A high-quality Point Guard, a high-scoring off-guard, a reliable scoring wing, a two-way big Forward, and an all-around Center, with a bench of Simons, Nance Jr., Little, and Dennis Smith Jr., again not a poor balance out. But it hasn’t panned out for the team. There is the perpetual lack of defensive discipline, which has held the team back and the pairing of Lillard and McCollum hasn’t been high-yielding in tandem to cover it up. Now, what has been the silverline? The play of Simons has been inspirational as he keeps showing his high-scoring ways and keeps burying tough shots and also has become a terrific playmaker in absence of Lillard, something he hadn’t shown earlier. Nasir Little has been showing his hops at a high level which means that the team can have something to build around even if they trade their key pieces. I will ask again as the trade deadline is a few weeks away, will the management stick to the current core or develop around the youngsters?

Orlando Magic | Portland Trail Blazers
Games: 44| 42
Wins: 08| 17
Defeats: 36| 25

Orlando Magic vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Orlando Magic Team News

  • E Twuuan Moore, Jonathan Isaac, Michael Carter-Williams, Markelle Fultz is OUT for the game and are yet to appear this season.
  • Wendell Carter is OUT for the game

Magic Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Franz Wagner PF: Chuma Okeke
Frontline: C: Robin Lopez
Guards: SG: Gary Harris PG: Cole Anthony

Bench: Terrance Ross, Jalen Suggs, Wendell Carter Jr., Mo Bamba, R.J. Hampton, Moritz Wagner, Admiral Schofield, Ignas Brazdeikis.

Portland Trailblazers Team News

    • Damian Lillard is OUT for the game due to a persistent abdomen issue. When will he return?
    • Norman Powell is QUESTIONABLE for the game
    • Larry Nance, Cody Zellerare OUT for the game

Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Robert Covington, SF: Norman Powell(QUESTIONABLE)/ Nasir Little
Middle: C: Jusuf Nurkic
Guard: SG: CJ McCollum PG: Anfernee Simmons

BENCH: Ben McLemore, Dennis Smith Jr., Trendon Watford, Cody Zeller, CJ Elleby, Greg Brown III, Tony Snell.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Cole Anthony(ORL)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 03
Cole has been the primary playmaker for the Magic but yes his scoring has been up-and-down a bit. A scoring range around 19-22 and dishes 6-9 assists a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-39

Anfernee Simons(POR)
Points: 31
Rebounds: 00
Assists: 11
Steals: 02
Simons has shown that he can be a big-time scorer and playmaker in this league, coming out of his shell in the major ballhandling role. Anfernee has scored 20+ and handed over 5+ assists a game regularly these days. The young guard can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-55

Franz Wagner(ORL)
Points: 06
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 03
Blocks: 01

Franz is a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate and the Magic has received significant help from him. The Forward has scored in the 16-22 points range while grabbing 5-8 rebounds and dishing 4-7 assists a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45

Jusuf Nurkic(POR)
Points: 23
Rebounds: 14
Assists: 02
Steals: 02
Nurkic plays a vital role in the middle for Portland with the squad being short-handed, he has pulled down major rebounds and scored at a decent clip. Mostly, he scores 14 points and grabs 10-14 rebounds a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-47

Jalen Suggs(ORL)
Points: 16
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 02
Jalen is another rookie who has shown capabilities of becoming an effective scorer at the off-guard position. Suggs has been scoring in the 12-18 points range this season and has returned just recently from an injury.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-24

CJ McCollum(POR) is an off-guard who hasn’t played for weeks but will be available here. The guard has scored in the 16-24 points range this season.

Norman Powell(POR) is questionable for the game. The wing has usually scored in the 16-18 points range but when Lillard is out, he has had games of 20-26 points more often.

Robert Covington(POR)
Points: 15
Rebounds: 09
Assists: 02
Steals: 04

Robert has upped his scoring compared to earlier in the season and he also provides whatever little defensive grit the team has. Covington has scored 15 or more in three of the last five games and has grabbed 3 or more steals in four games in a row.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 21-29

ORL vs POR DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

      • Nasir Little(POR) had 18 points, 1 rebound, 1 block in the last game. Little has scored 13 or more in four straight games, he is becoming a dependable scorer now.
      • Gary Harris(ORL) had 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist in the last game. The dynamic off-guard has been scoring in the 13-18 points range this season.
      • Moritz Wagner(ORL) had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in the last game. Wagner has scored 16 or more in two straight games but his usual production has been in the 6-8 points range.
      • Terrence Ross(ORL) had 1 point, 3 rebounds in the last game. The veteran backup guard has been usually scoring in the 10-17 points range.
      • Ben McLemore(POR) had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Ben has been usually scoring in the 10-13 points range but sometimes can go off for 18 or more.
      • Mo Bamba(ORL) had 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks in the last game. Mo has been scoring in 6-10 points range and has grabbed 6-9 rebounds a game in most games.
      • Dennis Smith Jr.(POR) had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals in the last contest. Dennis has had a couple of solid games but plays backup minutes. He usually figures in the 4-9 points and 2-4 assists range.
      • Chuma Okeke(ORL) had 6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals in the last game. Chuma has usually figured in the 5-8 points and 4-8 rebounds range this season.
      • Robin Lopez(ORL) had 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. The big doesn’t play many minutes, this is not his usual production.
      • R.J. Hampton(ORL) had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in the last game. The above statline is pretty much the cap on his production usually.

ORL vs POR Dream11 Team

PG: C Anthony(PP)
SG: C McCollum, A Simons(SP), J Suggs
SF: N Little, F Wagner
PF: R Covington
C:    J Nurkic


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Where to watch NBA Live Score?

This contest will not be available on channels like MTV and VH1. On the other, streaming platforms like JIO TV and Voot are also not going to showcase it. However one option to access the game is through the NBA League Pass. In case you have the annual subscription, you can avail of all live games and also the full game replay. For getting the score, hop to the official website of the NBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.