The Cleveland Cavaliers (25-15) travel to face off against the Orlando Magic (23-20) on Monday, January 22nd. This game will be played at Kia Center in Orlando and televised on BSF. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Cavaliers vs Magic
The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Cavaliers defeated the Hawks with a final score of 116-95. Cavaliers’ victory in this game wasn’t just a straight-up win; they also covered the spread as -2.5-point favorites. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 211 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 231.
As they prepare to take on the Magic, the Cavaliers are looking to stay above .500, currently sitting at 25-15. So far this season, the Cavaliers are 10-7 on the road and 15-8 at home.
Cleveland comes in with an overall ATS record of 21-17 so far this season. When playing on the road, the Cavaliers hold an ATS record of 9-6 in contrast to a 12-11 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Magic Are Coming Off A Win
The Magic’s most recent matchup against the Heat saw Paolo Banchero lead the Magic with 20 points while shooting 7/14 from the field. Franz Wagner also contributed 19 points as the Magic won by a score of 105-87 vs. the Heat.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Cavaliers, the Magic are looking to build off their above .500 record of 23-20. In the Eastern Conference, the Magic are currently in 8th place and are 2nd in the Southeast division.
Orlando comes in with an overall ATS record of 28-15 so far this season. This season, Orlando has a 9-3 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 19-12 when playing as underdogs.
Cavaliers Offense Breakdown
In 40 games games, Cleveland has an average of 113.7 points per game (20th).
Heading into tonight’s game, the Cavaliers are 20th in the league in scoring at 113.7 points per game. However, they have been better on the road, averaging 112.2 points compared to 114.8 at home.
So far this season, the Cavaliers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 40% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 21st in the league at 98.1 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Cavaliers are 11th in field goal percentage at 47%. Inside the arc, they are 7th in the league at 56% but are just 24th from three-point range at 35%.
Magic Offense Breakdown
In 43 games games, Orlando has an average of 111.7 points per game (25th).
When playing at home, the Magic are averaging 114.8 points per game, which is 20th in the league. Overall, they are 25th in scoring at 111.7 points per game. Orlando is 19th in pace at 98.5 possessions per game.
So far this season, the Magic have been below the NBA scoring average in 62.8% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, Orlando is 19th in the league at 46%. When it comes to two-point shooting, they are 18th at 53%.
Orlando is one of the top teams in the league at getting to the free-throw line, ranking 3rd in attempts at 26.3 per game. In terms of three-point shooting, the Magic are 29th in percentage at 34% and last in made threes at 10.7 per game.
Cavaliers Team Defense
So far, the Cavaliers’ defense is ranked 2nd in the league at 110.0 points per contest. Cleveland’s defense is currently forcing 13.2 turnovers per game, which is 18th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 23rd in blocked shots, with an average of 4.5 rejections per game.
Magic Team Defense
In the current season, the Magic defense has excelled, sitting 6th in the NBA by allowing 110.8 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Magic squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.4% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 35.3% from downtown.
Key Players For The Cavaliers And Magic
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Donovan Mitchell will be the primary scorer for the Cavaliers, with 28 points and going 10/21 from the field. This season, he is averaging 27.8 points per game along with 5.5 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Paolo Banchero to be the top scorer for the Magic. Our projection has him finishing the game with 20, and he is expected to secure 7 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 45.1% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 22.6 points per game.
Cavaliers vs Magic Trends
- Cleveland has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 113 points per game while allowing 108. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-1-1.
- When looking at their past three home matchups, Orlando has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 100 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- The last ten games that Orlando was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 6-4 while going 4-6 straight up.
- The Cavaliers have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.
The Cavaliers is our selection to secure the victory, with a projected score of 113-105. We also like them to cover the spread, so we suggest betting on the Cavaliers at -1.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 215.5 and given that our model is projecting 218 points between the teams, we like the over.
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