The Portland Trail Blazers (11-16) visit the Orlando Magic (14-11) Friday night at the Amway Center
Portland is playing the second game of a five-game East Coast trip. It dropped the first outing, 106-90, to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
Orlando defeated the Charlotte Hornets 113-98 Wednesday night as six different Magic players scored in double figures.
Portland has dropped seven straight and 10 of 11 to East teams on the road. That includes a 111-104 loss March 20 to a Magic squad that’s been considerably tougher than the one that went 25-57 last season.
Orlando (14-11) has won eight of 11 while showing better efficiency and resiliency under first-year coach Scott Skiles. After a 35-point home loss to Cleveland last Friday, the Magic responded with their best two shooting efforts of the season in back-to-back blowout victories.
The Magic shot 53.9 percent in Monday’s 105-82 road win over Brooklyn, then hit 55.8 percent from the field in Wednesday’s 113-98 defeat of Charlotte.
Orlando is shooting 51.1 percent on 3s during the win streak and was 14 of 24 on Wednesday.
This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The Blazers hold a 28-23 all-time advantage in the series, but the Magic have won three in a row in Orlando and own a 13-12 edge at home.
Injuries: The Blazers are not reporting any injuries. For the Magic, C.J. Watson (sore left calf) is out