Orlando Magic vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Orlando Magic vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction 5/5/2024

The Orlando Magic (47-35) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (48-34) on Sunday, May 5th. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and televised on ABC. 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 1:00 ET.

Magic vs Cavaliers

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Orlando picked up a win in the most recent game of this series, taking down the Cavaliers by a score of 103-96. The Magic were 4.5-point favorites heading into the game, and their 7-point win was enough to cover the spread. The over/under line for the game was 200.5 points, and the teams fell just short of that with a combined 199 points.

Orlando had a big 4th quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 30-18. Donovan Mitchell had a big game for the Cavaliers, finishing with 50 points. Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner both had big games for the Magic, with Banchero scoring 27 points and Wagner adding 26.

Magic Offense Breakdown

Orlando heads into the game as the NBA’s top team in terms of free-throw attempts this season. However, they are near the bottom of the league in three-point shooting, averaging just 9.8 made threes per game. Overall, the Magic are 26th in scoring at 110.5 points per game. Looking at their home/road splits, they have averaged 112.5 points per game at home and 107.1 on the road.

The Magic have been getting some good production from Paolo Banchero of late, as he is averaging 25.4 points per game over his last five. This has come while hitting 47.1% of his shots from the field. In these games, he also averaged 7.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Over the Magic’s last five games, Franz Wagner has averaged 21.6 points per game, while Jalen Suggs has put up 16 points per game in that stretch.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

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Cleveland comes into the game as the 23rd-ranked scoring offense, at 112.6 points per game. Their production has been a little better at home, as they are 17th in the league with an average of 113.4 points per contest. The Cavaliers are among the league leaders in both three-point attempts and makes but are just 19th in three-point shooting percentage.

Donovan Mitchell is averaging 26.4 points per game over his last five games while hitting 45.9% of his shots from the field. Darius Garland has hit 44% of his threes in his last five games and is averaging 15.6 points in that stretch. Evan Mobley is averaging 15.7 points and 9.4 rebounds for the season.

Magic Team Defense

When it comes to defense, the Orlando Magic have been one of the best units in the NBA this season. On average, they are allowing just 107.5 points per game, which is the 2nd fewest in the league. Over their last five games, they have been even better, giving up just 93.6 points per contest. For the season, opponents are shooting just 35.1% from beyond the arc against the Magic.

One area where Orlando has struggled is on the glass, as they come into tonight’s game ranked 25th in rebounding. However, they have done a good job of forcing turnovers, as they are 5th in the NBA in steals per game.

Cavaliers Team Defense

Coming into tonight’s matchup with the Orlando Magic, the Cleveland Cavaliers are giving up 109.6 points per game, which is good for 7th in the league. At home, they have been even better, allowing just 109.2 points per contest, which is 6th in the NBA.

Over their last five games, the Cavaliers are 8th in the league in points allowed at 105 per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Cleveland is 4th overall at 46.3% and 4th in two-point shooting percentage allowed at 52.4%.

One area where the Cavaliers have struggled a bit is in the fouling department, as they are 25th in the league in personal fouls. Over their last five games, they have been even better at defending the three-point line, allowing just 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc.

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.

As for Cleveland, Donovan Mitchell is projected to be the primary scorer for the Cavaliers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 26, and adding 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 46.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 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 1-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 96 points per game in this stretch.
  • When looking at their past three home matchups, Cleveland has an ATS record of 0-3 while averaging 89 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.
  • Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Magic have a straight up record of 3-7. Their record vs the spread in these games was 4-6.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Cleveland has an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 8-2 straight up.

Magic vs Cavaliers Prediction

Not only do we have the Cavaliers winning this one by a score of 112-106, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Cavaliers at -3.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 194.5 and given that our model is projecting 218 points between the teams, we like the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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