Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers Pick 12-6-19
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Orlando Magic at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, for an Eastern Conference collision. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST and will broadcast on FSN. The two teams have met twice this season with Orlando winning both contests. Most recently, Orlando mangled Cleveland on their own court by a score of 116-104 to defeat the Cavaliers as a one-point underdog when they last met on November 27th.
Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers Key Injury Concerns
The Magic will be without their stand-out star Center Nic Vucevic who has been shelved with an ankle injury since November 21st. Nic is expected back later this month. In his absence, the Magic are 4-3 SU.
Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers Overview
The Magic step into this conference tilt on a three-game winning streak capped off most recently by a home win against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Closing as a 1.5-point underdog, the Magic were magical in a 128-114 victory.
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Cleveland’s performance portfolio is not one to marvel in by any means. The Cavs have won just once over their last ten games, and they have not profitable either going 2-8 ATS over this span. Most recently, Cleveland hosted divisional rival Detroit in The Land, and they were thoroughly dismissed by the Pistons in a 127-94 rout despite closing as a 3.5-point home underdog.
Reasons To Avoid Orlando
The Magic have won just one other game away from home this season (2-7 SU) outside of the aforementioned victory in Cleveland in November and thus are a hard sell here as the road chalk to replicate that result. Despite owning the recent win along with advantages on the glass and in the defense department, the Magic operate at a margin of -4.3 as a whole on the season.
Reasons To Back Cleveland
There is the revenge angle here, which applies to bolster Cleveland's motivation. However, what strikes out to me is the number. The market is reluctant to give the Cavaliers a three-pointer despite offering up nothing as of recent that would suggest that it could be competitive in this affair. Also, the line itself is quite soft, considering Orlando won by 12 points in the last meeting, and nevertheless, they are giving just over more basket to the Magic by contrast to their closing number previous time around. This narrative resonates with me and leads me to believe Cleveland may be in a position to get out of their funk against the Magic.
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Magic at Cavaliers Prediction 12/6/19
Orlando may not be mentally prepared for this game. First, they have dominated. Second, Cleveland looks like a push-over. Third, Milwaukee is next on the docket for the Magic after playing this affair. With such a big contest looming, I expect Cleveland to end their losing streak and trip up the Magic. I’ll go ahead and trade the basket away and take the Cavaliers on the Money Line to enhance the return.