The Cleveland Cavaliers (25-13) look to put an end to a five-game road losing streak when they take on the Orlando Magic (12-27) at Amway Center. Cleveland is a 9-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 221.5 points. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 6, 2018, and it can be seen on Fox SportsNet Florida.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic Betting Preview
In the Cavaliers last matchup, they fell to the Boston Celtics, 102-88. With 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting, LeBron James was Cleveland’s high scorer. Boston held the Cavaliers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.393 (below their season average of 0.554). Cleveland, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (18-18; 100.0 percent).
The Magic are hoping for a better outcome after their 116-98 loss to the Houston Rockets in their last game. With 14 points and nine rebounds, Orlando’s Mario Hezonja put together a solid outing. Houston made 15 of their 34 three pointers (44.1 percent). Orlando, on the other hand, did a great job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (22-25; 88.0 percent).
Getting to the line might be scarce for Orlando in this battle. The Magic rank 24th in the league with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.180, while Cleveland ranks second in FTA rate allowed (0.163). Furthermore, the Cavaliers rank fourth in offensive efficiency (111.4), while the Magic rank 27th in defensive efficiency (108.8).
Of Cleveland’s 38 games, 19 have finished over the O/U total, while 21 of Orlando’s 39 games have finished under the O/U total. The Cavaliers have the better straight up (SU) record (25-13 vs. 12-27), but the Magic have been better against the spread (ATS) (13-25-1 vs. 12-25-1).
Elfrid Payton has really been playing well over the last five games for Orlando, averaging 18.6 points, 8.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to put up 207 points in that game, which was under the projected point total of 216. The Magic won 114-93, covering as 12-point underdogs. The Magic dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.8 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.539. For those same stats, the Cavaliers were 14.0 and 0.424, respectively. Nikola Vucevic was the games leading scorer with 23 points.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Under
- The Cavaliers rank 15th in rebounds allowed per game (43.0) while the Magic rank 29th (46.6).
- Cleveland ranks 18th in points allowed in the paint per game (45.0) while Orlando ranks 27th (48.5).
- Cleveland ranks 14th in second chance points allowed per game (12.2) while Orlando ranks 26th (13.3).
- Orlando is 5-13 ATS at home, while Cleveland is 9-10 ATS on the road.
- The total has gone under in 11 of the Magic’s 18 home games, while 11 of the Cavaliers 19 road games have gone under.
- In games where they hold opponents below 100 points, Cleveland is 10-1 and Orlando is 6-3.
- When scoring more than 100 points, the Cavaliers are 25-8 and the Magic are 12-13.
- The Cavaliers average 17.4 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA. The Magic rank 21st in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.6).
- Orlando ranks eighth in three pointers allowed per game (26.9) while Cleveland ranks last (32.2).
- The Cavaliers average 23.4 assists per game, which ranks seventh in the league. The Magic rank 27th in assists allowed per game (24.7).
- Orlando ranks 11th in blocks per game (4.8) while Cleveland ranks 27th (3.8).
- Orlando is 1-4 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Cleveland is 1-4 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
- The Magic’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.4, up from 5.6 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 100.6 points per game (9.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 104.8 points per game (2.4 below their season average).