Free NBA Hoops Pick: Cavaliers vs Magic Lines
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(48-19) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic (29-38)
While the Cavaliers had a recent road loss to the Jazz they have still won 4 of their last 5 games and are still atop the Eastern Conference. Can any team challenge them in the East? The Raptors are not far behind them, but King James and company keep on chugging and it would be a surprise if they were not in the finals, again.
The Magic’s season is not over, yet, as they are still in the playoff hunt, but they have a lot of work to do. They have lost 2 of their last 3 games and they are 4.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the East.
In their last games the Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks 99-98 and the Magic lost to the Charlotte Hornets 107-99.
The Cavs have not looked that good in their last 2 games losing to the Utah Jazz and then beating a struggling Mavericks team in their last game, but that last game was without King James in the lineup.
The Cavs have the 3rd ranked scoring defense and their offense is legit as well ranking 9th in points per game. However, they have failed score 100 points in either of their last 2 games.
James will be back in the lineup in this game and after a day of rest and the Cavs not playing that well he tends to take it on his shoulders to carry the team, which is not good for the Magic.
Cleveland is a legit 20-13 on the road this season.
The Cavs have played the Magic 3 times this season winning all 3. In one game they won by 14 points and in the other 2 Cleveland won in a major blowout.
The Magic rank in the middle of the pack in scoring (15th), but their defense has been the issue this season ranking 21st in opponents’ points allowed. On the season they have given up an average of 102.9 ppg, but in their 3 losses to the Cavs they have given up an average of 110.7 ppg.
The Magic have young talent and 4 players averaging in double figures, but do not have a true star. Nikola Vucevic leads the team in scoring and has to play well in this game not only scoring, but playing defense in the lane.
Brandon Jennings has been a pretty good addition to the Magic and his match up with Cleveland PG Kyrie Irving will be key in this game. Jennings is a scoring PG and with the issues the Magic have on D he has to do just that for the Magic to pull out a win in their house.
The Magic are over .500 at home this season (18-15), but they have not faced a great team at home in some time and with 3 bad losses to the Cavs already this season they have a tough road to hoe.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Cavaliers are 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Cavaliers have an Over record of 13-6 in their last 19 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Magic are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Magic have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
James is back and the Cavs have beaten the Magic badly in 3 games this season and it will be a 4th time after this game.
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The Cavs have covered the spread in their last 7 games against the Magic in Orlando and that trend will continue.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 105 – Magic 90
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