Cleveland Cavaliers (@3.5) vs Orlando Magic (@1.33)

Our Prediction:

Orlando Magic will win

Cleveland Cavaliers – Orlando Magic Match Prediction | 22-08-2019

Orlando fell two games behind eighth-place Miami in the battle for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot as it lost 100-90 to the Washington Wizards pm Wednesday while the Heat were routing the Detroit Pistons. "We have another one (Thursday) so we got to get right back to it." Cleveland regularly dominated Orlando during the LeBron James era and has won 20 of the past 23 matchups. The Cavaliers have split their past 12 games but fell in their last outing, 106-99 to the host Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. "This one hurts a little bit," power forward Aaron Gordon told reporters afterward.

... Sexton has tallied at least 20 points in 17 games. ... With 26 points in Tuesdays loss against Philadelphia, Collin Sexton became the first Cavs rookie to score at least 25 points in three consecutive games since LeBron James in 2004. Brandon Knight has scored in double figures in three straight games for the first time since January, 2017. The Cavs defense has forced at least 20 turnovers in back-to-back games for the first time since 2013. In his eight appearances since the All-Star break, Kevin Love is averaging 20.9 points and 11.9 rebounds in 28.0 minutes, to go along with six double-doubles. ... ... (chest) and Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) are all listed out on the latest injury report. Jordan Clarkson (1,132) is 79 bench points away from passing Campy Russell (1,210 in 1975-76) for the most points by a Cavs reserve in a single season. ... The Cavs are 20-3 in their last 23 meetings against the Magic, which includes a 9-2 mark at the Amway Center. ... Tristan Thompson (foot), Larry Nance Jr. ... Cavs minute: This is the third -- and final -- game of the season against Orlando. ... ... Cleveland has made at least 10 3-pointers in 14 consecutive games, knocking down an average of 14.9 3s over that span, which is third-best in the NBA.

With this being established and their failure to cover as a whole as of late (1-3 ATS in their previous four contests), the market is more inclined to inflate point spreads to attract action on the Cavs. The stock in Cleveland remains through the floor as they have the worst record in the NBA at the moment. However, we have seen Cleveland take back 5.5 fewer points compared to their last contest where they appeared dead in the water. This means that the market suspects that an upset is a considerable possibility.

While in Cleveland, the Cavaliers bowed out to the invading Detroit Pistons to a score of 93-128 at the Quicken Loans Arena last night. Cavs big men Centers Tristan Thompson and Ante Zizic are nowhere in their previous match leaving the Pistons to do as they please under the paint. Rookie PG Collin Sexton stood before the onslaught with no Kevin Love in sight.

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Looking at their recent match against struggling Indiana Pacers, Orlando started off slow, trailing the Pacers for most of the match. Despite being fairly effective with scoring in the first 3 quarters, they were no match for Indiana who performed better and even held a double-digit lead in the 3rd quarter, however, they failed to hold on to it until the final whistle. Orlando Magic are coming into this match after two games winning streak, which added to their impressive 8-2 run in the last 10 matches. It was an overall good performance from Orlando, who are currently 8th in the East with 30-34 record. Orlando caught up to them at the start of the last quarter and finished the match 5 points ahead of the home side.

We have to like Clevelands chances here as they are the better shooting team by 2.1% hitting 44.5% of their field goal attempts compared to Orlando's 42.1%. Now we get to trade the two buckets away for a 65% increase of ROI. This is a delightful prospect given the fact there is an excellent chance that The Land can edge out Orlando. In a game of points, this will be instrumental and why Cleveland will win. Also, the element of the three ball rests in Cleveland favor as they are successful 34.6% of the time (18th in the NBA) compared to Orlando who is only a 30.7% (27th in the league) shooting team from beyond the arc. This market opened as a three-point line which means this contest is a toss-up.

The Magic hurdled two successive wins against two tough teams to stay in contention for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Center Nikola Vucevic delivered 27 points and knocked down 8 boards off the rim followed by SF Terrence Ross with 23, SF Evan Fournier made 19, 8 assists, and 5 boards for the Magic. Orlando shot 51% from the field and 35.4% from beyond the arc. The Orlando Magic swings to Ohio to clash with the Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Sunday night. Orlando upset the Golden State Warriors, then beat the Pacers at a score of 117-112 at the Bankers LIfe Fieldhouse in Indiana last night.

Orlando is gaining confidence with 106.1 ppg at 45.2% from the field while allowing other teams to dump in 106.7 ppg. The Magic gathered 44.7 boards, 25.1 assists, 5.7 blocks, and 6.5 steals per game. Orlando is haggling at the 8th post with a 30-34 win/loss advantage and is now at rank 20 in the League. The team is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 road matches and 4 out of its 5 matches on the road went under the totals. Center Nikola Vucevic leads the Magic with 20.6 ppg, 52.2% in FG shooting, and 76.3% from the charity stripe.

The Orlando Magic have won six of their last seven home games. The Orlando Magic need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. Evan Fournier is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.7 points and 12 rebounds while Aaron Gordon is averaging 15.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting.


Bottom line, the Magic are ice cold at the moment and are a not a shoo-in to end this streak just because they are playing Cleveland. However, the publics betting behavior would indicate that many do not yield such a similar attitude. Teams on a nasty losing streak often are a tough spot to lay points with regardless of opponent. As a whole, it seems that backing Orlando in this contest is the lesser of two evils. Despite backing a team that has lost four straight games, the consensus has been all over the Magic with 79% of the public laying now an extra point with Orlando since the opening of this market.