In this battle between two squads sitting outside the playoff places of the East, the Orlando Magic (31-37), who have won only once in their last 5 games and are 2 games behind the 8th seed in the East, are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-51), who are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 03-14-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Orlando Magic -8
Orlando Magic have a 31-38 record (35-33-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Wizards with a 90-100 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Vucevic with 20.6 ppg, adding 3.9 dimes and a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Aaron Gordon with 15.9 ppg, 3.6 dimes and 7.4 boards per game.
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 17-51 record (32-35-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Sixers with a 99-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 18.6 ppg, adding a team high 11.4 boards per game. He is followed by Jordan Clarkson with 16.9 ppg and 3.4 boards off the bench.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Magic by two points and Cavaliers by 14). Magic have a 16-16 home record, while the Cavaliers are 6-27 on the road. Magic are better both offensively, scoring 105.6 ppg to Cavs’ 104 and defensively, allowing 106.7 ppg to Cavs’ 113.2. They also have a better field goal percentage (45% to 44%), while Cavaliers have a better 3-point percentage (36.1% to 35.4%). Both teams are equal in turnovers committed (12.8 each), while Magic are better both in boards grabbed (44.8 to 42.7) and in dimes made (25 to 21). Magic are the absolute favorite for the win but Vegas odds give them a -8 spread and don’t expect them to beat the odds as the Cavs will definitely force a closer game than that.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers +8 (-105)
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