Orlando Magic (13-31) at Cleveland Cavaliers (26-17)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 225.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Orlando Magic could use a victory after losing 16 of their last 18 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.6 points and eight rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18 points and 2.9 assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic haven’t won a road game since December 3.
The Cleveland Cavaliers also need a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 109.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points and 8.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 19.2 points and 9.6 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Dwyane Wade is dishing 3.8 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 11 home games.
The Magic are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 15-33-3 ATS in their last 51 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Magic are 2-7-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland, 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the favorite is 21-8-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings.
I'm not laying this type of chalk with a Cavs team that's falling apart quickly, but I'm not backing a Magic team that's been just as awful and can't cover a road game for anything. Instead, I'm playing the over. In the last five games for each of these of teams, they're allowing a combined 236.8 points. The Magic are allowing 51.4 percent shooting in their last five games and the Cavs are giving up 49.4 percent shooting. Expect some fireworks from two teams that can't play a lick of defense. Give me the over.