Cleveland Cavaliers (@3.5) vs Orlando Magic (@1.33)
22-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Orlando Magic will win

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

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.

The team is 0-4 ATS on its last 4 games playing without rest and 4 out of its 5 games at the Quicken Loans Arena went over the totals. Cleveland is choking with 103.5 ppg at 44.1% from the field but allows rivals to score up to 113.6 ppg. The Cavs accumulated 42.8 rebounds, 20.9 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 6.6 steals per match. Cleveland is 14th in the East with a 15-48 win/loss summary and now ranks 28th in the League. PG Jordan Clarkson leads the Cavs point makers with 17.0 ppg, 44.5% in FG shooting, and 83.8% from the foul line.

Kevin Love is averaging 18.6 points and 11.4 rebounds while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16.9 points and 2.4 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost five of their last six road games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 104 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 113.2 points on 49.1 percent shooting. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Cedi Osman is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers look to play spoiler after splitting their last eight games.

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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.

Im not too keen on Cleveland defence or offence for that matter. This time out they will face the improved Magic who come into this match after 2 consecutive wins and with high desire to win, just to keep their playoff spot. They basically lack anything a good NBA team needs, and while they did manage to win 3 out of their last 5 matches, those wins were not impressive. As mentioned, Clevelands problems became crystal clear against Portland and Detroit, where their offence was completely shut down, while the defence was leaking points. Not only will Cavaliers enter the match without Love, who has been the key player in their successful campaigns against Grizzlies, Suns and Knicks, but they will also face a team that is more than capable of defending their basket. There is simply nothing that will work in Cleveland favour tonight except the home court advantage of playing at Quicken Loans Arena, where Cavaliers lost 6 out of their last 10 matches and 2 in a row.

Nevertheless, the two teams met most recently in February when the Magic defeated the Cavs regardless by a score of 116-98. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM and slated to be televised on FSN for regional audiences. Overall, the Cavaliers have won eight of the previous ten clashes between both sides, but that was when they had the services of one LeBron James at their disposal. The Cleveland Cavaliers (1-8) will square off with the Orlando Magic (2-6) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Monday, November 5th, 2018. Orlando has covered in the last four meetings between the two combatants.

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.

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Most recently, the Cavs were throttled at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets on the road at The Hive by a score of 126-94 on Saturday, failing to cover as a 9.5-point underdog. The Cavaliers come into this contest once again on the heels of losing streak as they have fallen in their previous two outings after winning their sole victory this year against the Atlanta Hawks.

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.

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.

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.