Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/26/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (17-10) at Orlando Magic (11-20)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to the Amway Center to battle the Orlando Magic tonight.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were on a three-game win streak heading into last night's marquee matchup against the Heat, but despite 30 points and eight assists from LeBron James, the Cavs still lost by 101-91. Kyrie Irving added 25 points while Kevin Love had 14, but the scoring contributions end there as the rest of the team combined for a measly 22 points. It was nice to see LeBron receive a warm reception on his introduction into the game, but it was pretty disappointing to see the Cavs lost to a Heat team playing without Chris Bosh and coming off fresh off a loss to the lowly Sixers.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic were able to snap a four-game skid on Tuesday with a 100-95 win over the Celtics thanks to a dominant 53-30 first half explosion. Tobias Harris had 19 points while Kyle O'Quinn and Nikola Vucevic added 18 points each as the Magic stormed out of the gates to a massive lead before holding off a late rally from the young Celtics. It wasn't the prettiest of wins, because the Magic's lackluster second half left the door open for the Celtics, but coming off a loss to the Sixers, the Magic will take any win they can to improve to 11-20 overall and 4-8 at home.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall, while the Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last six against a team above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Cavs are 8-0-1 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and a perfect 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Orlando.
The Cavs have been one of the most unreliable teams to back all season, but they really should be able to get back to winning against a team struggling like the Magic have been.