Free NBA Pick: Magic vs Cavaliers Lines
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(0-1) Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (1-o)
Date: Saturday October 28
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: The Quicken Loans, Cleveland Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavs -11
NBA Betting Total: 207
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This early season Eastern conference matchup has the Cavaliers facing off against the Orlando Magic.
Both teams are looking to have start the season with big victories, and this is a statement game for the young Magic roster.
Cleveland swept the season series last year averaging 110 points per game. The Cavs have also won 14 in a row against Orlando.
Orlando is a young roster full of talent at every position, can this young team tap into their potential with a new leader in the front court?
Trading Victor Oladipo for Serge Ibaka was a very risky move by Orlando’s management team.
Oladipo is considered one of the rising young guards in the league, with a very good defensive presence, while Ibaka brings NBA Finals experience, but has regressed each of the last two seasons.
Talented young point guard Elfrid Payton will be the key to Magic’s success this year. This is a guard driven league and he will need to play at an All Star level if the Magic are going to contend for a playoff post.
Serge Ibaka was solid in his Magic debut. He was 6-17 from the floor for 14 points and also had 7 rebounds.
If he can play at the All NBA level he was at a few seasons ago, the Magic can contend for a 7 or 8 seed. Against Kevin Love look for him to have a double-double with 3 blocks.
Nikola Vucevic has been one of the underrated centers in the NBA the past 3 seasons. In the season opener against Miami he dominated the front line with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
He faces another tough test in Tristan Thompson, but he should get 20 and 10 in this one.
Lebron James and the Cavaliers did the impossible last season, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Championship against arguably the greatest regular season team in NBA history.
Cleveland will be looking to repeat this year and the biggest threat to them in the East is an improving Pacers team.
Kyrie Irving is a top 3 point guard in the league and he should cause problems all night for Elfrid Payton. He should have no problem getting 25 points and 7 assists in this one.
Playoff scapegoat Kevin Love redeemed himself in game 7 of the Finals, and I expect him to play a much bigger role in the offense this year.
He will get his signature double-double in this game facing off against Serge Ibaka.
Orlando doesn’t have a 2 or 3 that can guard Lebron, so King James should have no issues in picking up a 22 pt, 8 rebound, 8 assist night.
Tristan Thompson took 1 shot in the opener against New York. He isn’t an offensive threat but 0 points from a starter is never what you want to see from such a talented team.
The Cavs bench seemed to score at will, as 8 players came in and contributed for 38 points.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-1 in Magic last 8 overall.
- Over is 6-1 in Magic last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Over is 4-1 in Magic last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Cleveland.
- Favorite is 21-6-1 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
- Magic are 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
- Magic are 0-6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Cleveland is clearly the better team, and should have no issues winning this game easily.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavs ATS.
You won’t expect that type of production every night, but it was surprising to see them be so dominant.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 121 – Orlando 109
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