Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers vs Magic NBA Odds
Looking for Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Cavs taking on the Magic on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(42-21) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic (24-41)
Date: Saturday, March 11
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Amway Center – Orlando, Florida
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have hardly looked like the defending champions since Kevin Love went down with a knee injury. Since he was sidelined, the Cavs are just 5-5 and are most recently coming off a loss to the underdog Detroit Pistons.
Although this group hasn’t looked like itself, it did recently regain J.R. Smith to its lineup.
His first game back was atrocious in terms of shooting and percentages, but he’s an important piece nonetheless and getting him reintegrated is going to be an important part of returning to form.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 10, 2017.
Cleveland enters this contest averaging 110.6 points per game. That number is good enough for fourth in the NBA.
Defensively, this squad is giving up 106.5 points per night to opponents. That number is only good enough for 22th in the league.
Against Orlando, this group needs to do two things to come away with a win: control the pace and control the ball.
Overall, shooting a solid percentage is going to be important, but Orlando is hardly a competitive squad at this point, so the Cavs can get away with shooting a lower percentage than usual.
What it can’t do is give the Magic easy opportunities to score. If Cleveland coughs up the ball and is baited into playing at a faster pace than it’s comfortable doing, it could spell trouble for the favorites.
The Orlando Magic are nowhere near the caliber of squad the Cavs are. And yet, their keys to victory are going to be similar.
Keeping control of the ball is crucial against a team like the Cavs that can get out and run when given the opportunity. Orlando’s offense isn’t exactly a juggernaut, and its defense is even worse, meaning the team needs to limit Cleveland’s easy opportunities.
For that reason, pace is of the utmost importance. The Magic can’t hope to walk away with a win if they’re resorting to halfcourt sets every time.
Getting out and running will be important if this group wants to get cheap buckets against a good defensive team.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference
- Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
The Cavs haven’t looked like themselves, and that’s a problem for a squad hoping to compete for a championship. They’ve lost their last three contests, and their drout goes even further as they’ve dropped five of their last seven.
Then again, this team doesn’t play for victories in March — it has a flip it can switch at any time if it means getting back on track with a championship in mind.
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The Cavs have dropped too many games recently to think they’re going to overlook the Magic. It’s easy to think they’re in a slump so they’ll struggle on Saturday, but the opposite should hold true — this group is ready to flip that switch back on.
Give this one to Cleveland by a convincing margin.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 111 – Orlando Magic 97
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