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- Forward LaMarcus Aldridge remains sidelined by a back contusion. The Blazers are hopeful he might play Thursday in the final game of a five-game road trip. This will be the seventh straight game he has missed.
- Aldridge had 36 point, nine rebounds and three blocks in the Blazers’ 110-94 win over the Magic on Jan. 8.
- The Blazers have lost seven of 10 and stand fifth in the West, one game ahead of Golden State.
- Jameer Nelson will miss a fourth straight game for the Magic because of a sore left knee.
- The Magic have lost nine straight, the last four on a West Coast trip from which they returned at 5:30 a.m., ET, Monday.
- The Magic broke a season-long 12-game losing streak at the expense of the Blazers last season, winning 110-104 on Feb. 10, 2013.
- Blazers’ starting lineup: Dorell Wright, Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews.
- Magic: Maurice Harkless, Kyle O’Quinn, Nik Vucevic, Victor Oladipo, Arron Afflalo.
– Dick Scanlon