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(13-31) Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (26-17)
Date: Thursday January 18
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -11
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
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Orlando won its game on Tuesday night against the Timberwolves.
It was an 8.5-point underdog at home and a loss would have officially made Orlando the worst team in the NBA but instead Evan Fournier scored a career-high 32 points and the Magic won its first game of 2018. It was also just the second win for Orlando since the 6th of December.
If you take a look at the box score, it’s difficult to see how the Magic won. It turned it over 16 times to Minnesota’s seven and missed 20 three-pointers while shooting just slightly better overall from the field.
The difference wasn’t what percentage Orlando shot from three, but how many it shot. The Magic made 11 of 31 and held Minnesota to 7 for 16. It also attempted nearly twice as many free throws as the visitors.
Bismack Biyombo also returned from injury to record a double-double, including 16 rebounds. But the biggest news was about the fight that broke out between Arron Afflalo and Nemanja Bjelica.
Really, it was just Afflalo wailing on Bjelica like a wild man and the 29-year-old Yugoslavian just trying to defend himself.
Afflalo will probably be suspended for a game, especially in light of all the fighting that’s been going around the NBA as a whole lately. It might not affect him for this game, though.
The Cavaliers are on an ugly slide, losers of eight of their last ten games and four in a row.
They’ve also been beat down in some of these losses: 28 points to the Timberwolves, 34 points to the Raptors and ten in their last game against Golden State, at home.
It seems like every Cleveland losing streak comes with its own drama. And now there are reports that the Cavaliers are worried that the front office isn’t pursuing a blockbuster trade heavily enough.
The Cavs’ players are complaining the roster is too old. It’s old, but I’m not sure where Cleveland’s executives are going to look for younger talent that will help the team win now. The problem seems to be that the Cavaliers no longer have Kyrie Irving and that Isaiah Thomas is shooting 36 percent in his place.
Or perhaps these veterans just don’t want to exert themselves in the regular season. If Cleveland wants the top seed in the East, it has a dog fight on its hands.
In fact, it might even be too late to get back into that fight.
But the Cavs can still coast to a top-four seed and get into the playoffs healthy, where LeBron is still the seven-time defending champ. It may be the only choice they have.
NBA Betting Trends:
- ORL are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- Under is 19-9 in ORL last 28 vs. NBA Central.
- Over is 18-5 in CLE last 23 vs. NBA Southeast.
- CLE are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall.
- CLE are 15-33-3 ATS in their last 51 home games.
- Head to Head: Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Cleveland.
- Head to Head: ORL are 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction: Cleveland won’t find a way to lose this one.
It takes a tremendous effort to lose to Orlando these days and I don’t even think Cleveland is up to that task.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under 226.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Orlando 102 – Cleveland 114
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