Trail Blazers vs Magic Predictions, Picks, and Odds for Tonight’s NBA Game

With just eight games left in a miserable season, the Trailblazers are trying to find out which pieces they can build around next year. Our NBA picks believe Dalano Banton has the most to gain with increased usage and a larger role offensively.

Apr 1, 2024 • 14:21 ET • 4 min read
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Deandre Ayton and the Portland Trail Blazers will make the trip to the Kia Center on Monday to take on Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic, and we have searched through the NBA odds to find you the best bet for this matchup.

This just in, the Portland Trail Blazers are not going to make the NBA playoffs and they are 17.5-point underdogs to the Orlando Magic on Monday.

While the overall team isn't having success, that doesn't mean there isn't a player on the Trail Blazers who isn't making the most of his opportunity and that we can take advantage of with a bet on one of his player props.

Find out who this player is in my free NBA picks for the Trail Blazers vs. Magic on April 1.

Trail Blazers vs Magic predictions

My best bet: Dalano Banton 4+ assists (+150 at FanDuel)

The Portland Trail Blazers were absolutely blown out in their last game against the Miami Heat, losing by 60 points. Yes, you read that correctly: the Trail Blazers lost 142-82. A blowout is a nightmare when it comes to betting on Overs for NBA player props because it usually means decreased minutes in the fourth quarter for a team's top players.

So, with the Trail Blazers trading as a 16.5-point underdog on Monday, the blowout potential is once again high but there was something that caught my eye from the game against the Heat. Trail Blazers guard Dalano Banton, whom they acquired at the NBA trade deadline from the Boston Celtics, still played 30 minutes despite it being a 60-point game.

Banton has been thriving in a sixth-man role for the Trail Blazers and is still averaging 31.5 minutes per game since switching to this role seven games ago. With what we're seeing from Banton's minutes, I think it's pretty clear that the Trail Blazers are using the rest of the regular season to find out what they have in Banton, regardless of the score in the game.

The goal is to give Banton 30+ minutes a night, and this is valuable when it comes to betting on his player props because it provides us with a sense of guarantee to the minutes we should expect to see for our projections.

Banton does have a boom-or-bust element when it comes to his assists prop, so with the projection sitting at 3.9 for Banton against the Orlando Magic, I'm going after the alternate total of 4+ assists. Based on our projection, we can price the 4+ assists at -114, which gives us an expected value of 33%. Whereas if we used this same projection on a 2.5 (-165), our expected value is only 17%.

Trail Blazers vs Magic same-game parlay

Dalano Banton 4+ assists

Dalano Banton 20+ points

Kris Murray Over 1.5 threes made

I don't think anyone came to this article, read that the best bet was on an alternate total for Banton's assists prop, and then continued to scroll to the SGP in hopes of finding an SGP that didn't have a juicy plus-money price. So I'm not going to disappoint here; I'm pairing the Over on Banton's assists prop with an alternate Over on his points prop.

If Banton gets the minutes I think he will and the game becomes less competitive because of the spread, I think it's a lot more probable that Banton hits both of these alternate totals than the sportsbooks have it priced at. One thing about Banton is he isn't shy once he gets into the game; he knows this is his opportunity to show the Trail Blazers that he belongs in the rotation and in the NBA.

I am also pairing Banton's Over on his assists prop with Kris Murray hitting more than 1.5 three-pointers on Monday. I'm looking to stay away from Deandre Ayton because I believe his minutes could be impacted if the score does get out of hand, but Murray, on the other hand, I believe he will see his minutes regardless of the score. Similar to Banton, he is someone that the Trail Blazers just want to get as much run as possible before the season ends.

Learn how to bet a same-game parlay with these helpful tips and strategies.

Trail Blazers vs Magic odds and trends

Trail Blazers vs Magic opening odds

  • Spread: Portland +16 (-110) | Orlando -16 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Portland (+900) | Orlando (-1600)
  • Over/Under: Over 208 (-110) | Under 208(-110)

Trail Blazers vs Magic spread and Over/Under analysis

  • The Magic opened as a 15-point favorite at FanDuel, but we have since seen the market move towards the Magic and make them a 16.5-point favorite.
  • The total opened at 208.5 at FanDuel and is now trading at 210.
  • This isn't the consensus number across the board, as we are seeing plenty of 210.5 out there as well, so make sure to shop around before hitting the button on the game total.

Trail Blazers vs Magic betting trend to know

Orlando is a league-best 17-5 ATS as a home favorite this season. Find more NBA betting trends for Trail Blazers vs. Magic.

Trail Blazers vs Magic game info

Location: Kia Center, Orlando, FL
Date: Monday, April 1, 2024
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: Bally Sports Florida, ROOT SPORTS

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