Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic NBA Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions
The Cleveland Cavaliers (1-8) will square off with the Orlando Magic (2-6) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Monday, November 5th, 2018. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM and slated to be televised on FSN for regional audiences. Overall, the Cavaliers have won eight of the previous ten clashes between both sides, but that was when they had the services of one LeBron James at their disposal. Nevertheless, the two teams met most recently in February when the Magic defeated the Cavs regardless by a score of 116-98. Orlando has covered in the last four meetings between the two combatants.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic Overview
The Cavaliers come into this contest once again on the heels of losing streak as they have fallen in their previous two outings after winning their sole victory this year against the Atlanta Hawks. Most recently, the Cavs were throttled at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets on the road at The Hive by a score of 126-94 on Saturday, failing to cover as a 9.5-point underdog.
Like their counterparts in this affair, the Magic come into this fixture riding a nasty skid. The Magic have lost their last four contests, most recently falling 120-95 at home to the Los Angeles Clippers three nights ago as a 3.5-point underdog.
Reasons To Back Cleveland
The stock in Cleveland remains through the floor as they have the worst record in the NBA at the moment. With this being established and their failure to cover as a whole as of late (1-3 ATS in their previous four contests), the market is more inclined to inflate point spreads to attract action on the Cavs. However, we have seen Cleveland take back 5.5 fewer points compared to their last contest where they appeared dead in the water. This means that the market suspects that an upset is a considerable possibility.
Reasons To Avoid Orlando
As a whole, it seems that backing Orlando in this contest is the lesser of two evils. However, the public’s betting behavior would indicate that many do not yield such a similar attitude. Despite backing a team that has lost four straight games, the consensus has been all over the Magic with 79% of the public laying now an extra point with Orlando since the opening of this market. Bottom line, the Magic are ice cold at the moment and are a not a shoo-in to end this streak just because they are playing Cleveland. Teams on a nasty losing streak often are a tough spot to lay points with regardless of opponent.
Cleveland at Orlando Prediction 11/05/2018
This market opened as a three-point line which means this contest is a toss-up. Now we get to trade the two buckets away for a 65% increase of ROI. This is a delightful prospect given the fact there is an excellent chance that The Land can edge out Orlando. We have to like Cleveland’s chances here as they are the better shooting team by 2.1% hitting 44.5% of their field goal attempts compared to Orlando's 42.1%. Also, the element of the three ball rests in Cleveland favor as they are successful 34.6% of the time (18th in the NBA) compared to Orlando who is only a 30.7% (27th in the league) shooting team from beyond the arc. In a game of points, this will be instrumental and why Cleveland will win.