Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/15/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (42-25) at Orlando Magic (21-46)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +10 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers ride into the Amway Center tonight to battle the Orlando Magic.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won five of their last six and will be feeling especially confident after taking down the Spurs by 128-125 in overtime on Thursday. LeBron James had a strong outing of 31 points and seven assists, but this game was all about Kyrie Irving who had a career-high 57 points on 20 of 32 shooting including a perfect 7 of 7 from the three-point line and 10 of 10 from the free throw line. Defensively, the Cavs couldn't string consecutive stops together because the Spurs were just firing on all cylinders and shooting over 56 percent from the field, but this was just a case of getting the ball to Irving and just staying away. With the win, Cleveland improve to 42-25 overall which has them two games clear of Toronto and Chicago who currently occupy the third and fourth spots in the Eastern standings.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have lost seven of their last nine and will be eager to avoid a fourth straight loss after falling to the Celtics by 95-88 on Friday. Elfrid Payton had a nice game of 20 points and nine assists but he shot just four of 15 from the free throw line while Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic added 16 points each, but while Magic couldn't hold onto a lead of 10 points at halftime as they were outscored by 55-38 in the second half. Defensively, the Magic just didn't have an answer for the Celtics' Evan Turner who scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, including 16 points in the fourth quarter which equalled the Magic's fourth quarter total as a team. With the loss, Orlando drops to 21-46 on the season and 10-25 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall, while the Magic are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Cavs are 9-1-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Orlando.
Just looking at the ATS trends I listed above, it's fair to say that the Cavs haven't had any trouble covering the spread against the Magic in the past. Add to that the fact that the Cavs have been on fire lately, there's just no way I can go against these trends.