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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Magic vs. Cavaliers 5/5/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for this afternoon's Magic vs. Cavaliers matchup.

Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
May 5, 2024 1:00 pm EDT

The Orlando Magic travel to Ohio for a matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Let’s take a look at this NBA game from a DFS perspective.

Prior to discussing my Draftkings picks for the Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game, let’s review an important note regarding the rules and scoring for the single game showdown contests.

For those readers who are not aware, the rules and scoring for DraftKings single game showdown contests are vastly different than the traditional classic contests offered by the platform.

If you need to review the specific rules for the single game showdown contests feel free to check out the Draftkings website.

Here are my Draftkings picks for this afternoon’s Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Donovan Mitchell $11,600

Cleveland guard Donovan Mitchell has been the leader in the backcourt that the Cleveland Cavaliers have needed to win games in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs.

Let’s take a look at Donovan Mitchell’s recent game data to see how Mitchell has been playing from a statistical perspective in the postseason.

In the Cleveland Cavaliers six playoff games played in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs (all versus the Orlando Magic), Donovan Mitchell has averaged a robust 27 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1 steal a game.

Considering the elevated importance of this afternoon’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference playoffs, I fully expect talented Cleveland guard Donovan Mitchell to play his best game of the 2024 playoffs. For the reasons just noted, I am backing Donovan Mitchell as my captain for this one game slate.

Flex Plays

Paolo Banchero $11,200

How important has Orlando forward Paolo Banchero been to the Orlando Magic this season? Let’s take a look at Banchero’s recent game statistics to answer that question. In the Magic’s last six games played (all playoff games), Paolo Banchero has averaged 25.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists a game.

Looking at the data just presented more closely I observed that in his last six games played, Paolo Banchero has averaged an impressive 42.6 Draftkings points a game.

Franz Wagner $10,200

I noted earlier in this article that tonight’s game is an elimination game for both teams. Having stated that, I expect Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner to be a key factor in the Magic’s offense tonight.

In the Orlando Magic’s 103-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the week, Franz Wagner accumulated 26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal in the Magic’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Additional flex plays I like this evening (Draftkings price noted): Jalen Suggs $7,800: Darius Garland $8,800: Max Strus $6,800: Evan Mobley $9,800: Wendell Carter $5,800.

Hans Geevers's Free Pick: See Above

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Hans Geevers

I have been an avid fan of sports since I was a kid. Additionally, I have been betting on sports for the better part of the last two decades! I have been married to my wife Dawn for over 21 years. I am also the proud father of Hannah! These ladies provide me the inspiration to live each day to it's fullest.

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