Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/13/13
Cleveland Cavaliers (8-13) at Orlando Magic (7-15)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -2 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic returns home to face Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Head to head, the Cavaliers are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings and 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Orlando while the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, but just 6-14 ATS in their last 20 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Cavaliers on the other hand are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win, 2-11 ATS in their last 13 road games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
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Good luck finding a winner for this game. The Orlando Magic might be 5-5 at home on the season, but they are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven at Amway Center and they are coming off a long road trip, a spot where teams struggle in their first game back. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a putrid 1-10 in their 11 road games to date and they are just 2-9 against the spread in those games. I’m steering well clear of this one as it’s anyone’s guess as to who comes away with the cover.
The Cavaliers are coming off their second-best offensive performance of the season following their 109-94 victory over New York on Tuesday, but make no mistake about it, this team is still a mess offensively. Before that outburst against the Knicks, they had put up 89 and 88 points, respectively, and their average over their last 10 games is 93.8. They are clearly a much better team on defence than on offense, which is expected when Mike Brown is your coach as they have held four of their last five opponents to 94 points or under.
As bad as Cleveland has been offensively, the Magic have been even worse lately as they were held to an average of 92.3 points on their recent six-game road trip. Now that number isn’t horrible, but when you take out that 125-126 double-overtime loss in Philly, that average drops down to 85.6, which is a better indication of how they have been scoring lately, or not scoring should I say.
Not a huge fan of taking unders, but I see no other choice in this one....
Dan’s Pick: Under 194