Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 10/5/16 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cavaliers vs. Magic
NBA Basketball: Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cavaliers -5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Wednesday night in preseason action at the Quicken Loans Arena on NBATV.
The Orlando Magic played their first preseason game Monday, which was a 102-97 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Magic have to be pleased with their efforts after shooting 47.9 percent from the field and making 11 threes, however, 23 turnovers was the reason Orlando lost the game. In the loss, Evan Fournier led the way with 18 points and two assists while Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and nine rebounds. C.J. Watson chipped in 10 points off the bench and Bismack Biyombo grabbed 10 rebounds in 23 minutes. Serge Ibaka continues to miss practice and didn’t play in the preseason opener due to knee soreness. The Orlando Magic are going to be an interesting team in the East this season under new head coach Frank Vogel.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t played since making a miraculous comeback and beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. It’s once again championship or bust for the Cavs, as their big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love is as strong as ever. However, the Cavalier showed just how dangerous they can be with all of their veterans. The preseason for the Cavs is finding some of the younger guys who can chip in off the bench, and that starts with Markel Brown, Jordan McRae and even exciting rookie Kay Felder. The Cleveland Cavaliers are an experienced team with nine players at least 30 years old, so preseason is more of a tuneup for the regular season and building towards another deep title run.
The Cavaliers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Magic are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog. The over is 6-1 in Magic last 7 overall and the over is 9-3 in Cavaliers last 12 Wednesday games.
Like the Golden State Warriors did last night, the Cavaliers will want to put on a show in front of their home fans. Preseason or not, the Cavs now they're the defending champs and have to start things off the right way in order to keep those good vibes going. Not to mention the Magic simply don't have enough talent or depth to hang in a game like this. I'll take the Cavs and the low line which should be another preseason blowout.