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It’s a matchup of Eastern Conference teams on the hardwood floor down in the Sunshine State. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road as they make the trip down the east coast to face the Orlando Magic Thursday night. Cleveland was dumped 106-99 on the road in Philadelphia in the second game of a back to back situation Tuesday night. Orlando was dropped 100-90 on the road by Washington in their last game Wednesday night. The Cavaliers lead the all-time regular season series between the teams 57-51. This season, the teams split two meetings with Cleveland taking a 107-93 home win in the last matchup on March 3.
Cleveland Cavaliers Look to Pick Up Road Victory
Cleveland suffered a loss in the second game of a back to back situation as they threw a scare into the 76ers before falling. The Cavaliers have been eliminated from playoff contention: they entered Wednesday 14th in the Eastern Conference, 15 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Cleveland trailed by 12 after the opening quarter but clawed back to within four after three quarters. The Cavaliers took a 97-96 lead with 2:53 to play but ran out of gas as they were outscored 10-2 the rest of the way. Cleveland shot 39.6 percent from the field, including 13 of 38 from three-point range, and was dominated 60-37 on the glass. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 26 points in the loss.
Cedi and David with a quick five! @cavs are right there in Philly in sweaty palms time.
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) March 13, 2019
The Cavaliers are 29th in the league in scoring this season with 104 points per game. Cleveland is 25th in rebounding with 42.7 caroms a night while the team stands 28th with 21 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are below average defensively, ranking 21st in scoring defense by allowing 113.2 points per game. Cleveland is 29th in the league by shooting 44 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are tied for 20th in the league in made threes with 10.5 triples a night while ranking 7th in three-point shooting by shooting 36.1 percent from downtown. Rookie Collin Sexton is second on the team in the last 10 games as he puts up 18.7 points per game but is shooting just 44.3 percent from the field. Jordan Clarkson contributes 15.2 points a night during that stretch but is similarly cold, shooting 40.9 percent from the floor, including just 34.3 percent from beyond the arc. Cedi Osman has been a solid contributor, averaging 14.9 points while shooting 43.1 percent from the floor, including 44.8 percent from long range. Kevin Love chips in a team-leading 20.9 points plus 11.9 rebounds a night in eight games during that span since coming back after toe surgery: he shoots 43.3 percent from the floor and 46 percent from three-point range.
Orlando Magic Hoping to Bounce Back After Rough Stretch
Orlando suffered their second straight loss and their fourth in the last five games as they were upended on the road by Washington. The Magic enters this one ninth in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Orlando was within one after the opening quarter, trailed by eight at the half and cut the deficit to two after three quarters. The Magic was tied at 80 with 7:57 to play before giving up an 11-2 run that decided things. Orlando shot 38.9 percent from the field, including 12 of 33 from three-point range, and held a 49-46 edge on the glass. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 20 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
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— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) March 14, 2019
The Magic has been below average this season putting the ball in the basket: they are 26th in the league with 105.8 points per game. Orlando stands 20th on the glass with 44.8 boards per contest and is 13th with 25 assists a night. The Magic is 5th in scoring defense as they allow 106.8 points a game. The Magic is tied for 21st in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.1 percent as a team. Orlando is tied for 14th with 11.2 made threes per game while the team is tied for 12th in three-point percentage as they shoot 35.4 percent from downtown. Nikola Vucevic leads the way over the last 10 games with 21.3 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists a night while shooting 51 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three-point range. Terrence Ross has stepped up his game, contributing 14.6 points a night though he’s shooting 35.4 percent from the floor and 31.2 percent from beyond the arc. All told, six players are averaging at least 12 points in that 10-game stretch. Orlando has been draining plenty of triples as they averaged 12.2 over the last 10 games. The Magic ranks eighth in that span by shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.
- Magic are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games
- Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games
- Cavaliers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Orlando is playing the second game of a back to back situation here and the fatigue factor is something that you have to be concerned about for them. On the other side of the equation. Cleveland is logging their third game in four nights in their third different city here after beating Toronto at home Monday and losing to Philadelphia on the road Tuesday. The Cavaliers were shorthanded in that game and it’s unclear whether things will be much better here for them. Orlando knows that this one is highly important for their playoff chances. With Cleveland 6-27 on the road coming into this one, you have to give the Magic the upper hand here as they get a crucial victory.
Prediction: Orlando Magic
Full-Game Total Pick
This one is going to be interesting simply due to the fact that both teams are rather tired at this point. Cleveland is playing their third game in four nights while Orlando closes a back to back set. Neither team is overly impressive on the offensive end of the floor and that is going to be a point of concern here. The difference between the teams is how they perform on the defensive end of the floor. Orlando has been very good in that department while Cleveland has work to do to become effective. Can the Magic take advantage of the fatigue factor and their defense to get the win here?
The under is 4-0 in the Cavaliers’ last four vs. a team with a losing straight up record. Orlando has seen the under go 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference foes and 6-2 in their last eight overall. The teams have stayed under the total in each of the last four meetings: with both teams struggling on offense and being gassed, this one stays under the total.