Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic - 1/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (19-14) at Cleveland Cavaliers (21-9)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -9 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic travel to the Quicken Loans Arena to battle the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.
The Magic have won seven of their last 10 overall but missed out on the chance for a third straight win when they fell at Washington in a 103-91 defeat last night. Victor Oladipo led the team with 20 points off the bench, Nikola Vucevic added 14 points while Tobias Harris had 13, but the Magic just got blown away by 31-19 in the penultimate fourth quarter. They just had no answer for the Wizards' John Wall who scored 12 points in the final period to lead the Wizards who went on a game-winning 15-3 run. With the loss, Orlando falls to 19-14 overall and 7-8 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have won eight of their last 10 games and will be going for a third straight win after beating the Nuggets by 93-87 on Friday. LeBron James put on a show, scoring 34 points on 13 of 24 shooting while Iman Shumpert chipped in with 16 points off the bench as the Cavs beat the shorthanded Nuggets to improve to 21-9 on the season and 8-8 on the road. Kyrie Irving was rested for this game as the Cavs coaching staff look to ease him slowly back into the rotation.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight road games and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games overall, while the Cavs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Magic are 3-14-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall and 0-5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Cleveland.
These two teams last met on Dec. 11 and it was the Cavs who won by 111-76 on the road. While the Magic have improved since their last meeting, I don't think it's enough to trouble the Cavs at home where they've been on fire lately.