Magic vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Magic vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction 4/30/2024

The Orlando Magic (47-35) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (48-34) on Tuesday, April 30th. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and televised on NBA. The Magic are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Cavaliers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Cavaliers. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.

Magic vs Cavaliers

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The Magic picked up a 23-point win over the Cavaliers in the most recent game of this series, winning 112-89. Orlando was favored by 2.5 points heading into the game and easily covered the spread. The Magic had a huge third quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 37-10. Going into the game, the over/under line was set at 202 points, and the teams fell just short of that with 201 combined points.

Orlando’s defense was great in this game, holding the Cavs to just 47.2% shooting and only four made threes. On the other side, the Magic shot 55.8% from the field. Franz Wagner had a big game for the Magic, scoring 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. As for the Cavs, Jarrett Allen led the way with 21 points.

Magic Offense Breakdown

Orlando comes into the game as the league’s most frequent free-throw shooting team, averaging 24.5 attempts per game. Despite getting to the line so often, they are just 25th in scoring at 110.5 points per contest. The Magic’s three-point shooting has been a major issue, as they are last in the league in three-point makes per game.

Over their last five games, Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner have each averaged 22.2 points per game. Wagner shot 50% from the field in these games, while Banchero shot 44.8%. In terms of three-point shooting, Wagner hit 34.8% of his threes in this stretch, while Banchero hit 32.1% of his looks from downtown. For the season, Wendell Carter Jr. is averaging 1.2 made threes per game on a three-point shooting percentage of 37.4%.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

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Donovan Mitchell is averaging 3.3 made threes per game this season on a three-point shooting percentage of 36.8%. Across his last four games, he has hit 42.5% of his shots from the field and averaged 21 points. Darius Garland has hit 2.3 threes per game and 37.1% of his looks from downtown. He is averaging 18 points and 6.5 assists for the season.

For the season, Jarrett Allen is averaging 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. Over his last five games, he has pulled down 12.4 rebounds while shooting 72.7% from the field. Evan Mobley has averaged 9.4 rebounds and 15.7 points this season.

Magic Team Defense

On the defensive end, the Magic have been one of the best units in the NBA this season, ranking 2nd in points allowed per game at 107.6. Over their last five games, they have been even better, giving up just 90.6 points per contest.

One area where Orlando has excelled is defending the three-point line, as they are 4th in the league in three-point percentage allowed at 35.2%. On the season, opponents have made fewer threes than their season average in 68.3% of their games vs. Orlando.

Overall, the Magic have done a solid job of limiting opponents’ field goal percentage, as they are 16th in the league in that category. However, they have struggled on the glass, ranking just 24th in defensive rebounds per game.

Cavaliers Team Defense

When it comes to defense, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the best units in the league this season, allowing just 109.8 points per game, which ranks 7th in the NBA. At home, they have been even better, giving up just 109.3 points per contest, which is 6th in the league.

One area where the Cavs have been particularly strong is defending inside the arc, as they are 4th in the league in two-point shooting percentage allowed at 52.4%. Overall, opposing teams have shot 46.4% from the field against Cleveland, which is 6th in the NBA.

Over their last five games, the Cavs have been even better on the defensive end, giving up just 104.4 points per game. During that stretch, opponents have shot just 35.2% from three-point range.

Key Players For The Magic And Cavaliers

For today’s matchup, we project Paolo Banchero to lead the scoring for the Magic, putting up 23 points and shooting at a rate of 8/18. For the season, he has been averaging 22.6 points per game, in addition to 6.9 rebounds.

On the other side, Donovan Mitchell is our projected leading scorer for the Cavaliers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 25 and grabbing 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and his scoring average is 26.6 points per game.

Magic vs Cavaliers Trends

  • In their last five games away from home, the Magic have a straight up record of 0-5 while going 0-5 vs. the spread. The team averaged 97 points per game in this stretch.
  • Through their last three home games, Cleveland has an ATS record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 96 points per game.
  • Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Magic have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 0-3.
  • Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Cavaliers have a straight up record of 7-3. But, their mark vs the spread was just 5-5.

Magic vs Cavaliers Prediction

For a pick on the point-spread in this Cavaliers vs. Magic matchup, our bet is to grab the Magic at +4.5. Even though our projections have the Cavaliers winning 112-108, we see the Magic as the play on the point-spread.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 199.5 and our model has the Magic and Cavaliers finishing with a combined 220 points. Our pick is to take the over.

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