Inspect Details for NBA Picks on Cavaliers vs. Magic: Lock or Trap?

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, March 15, 2015 1:05 PM GMT

Sunday, Mar. 15, 2015 1:05 PM GMT

Our NBA consultant will be covering today’s game between Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic, focusing his attention to the NBA Odds point spread as it applies to this contest.

Needing some Magic against the Cavaliers
The Orlando Magic will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at 6:05 PM ET. According to the NBA odds at Bookmaker, Cleveland is 10.0 point favorite, and the posted total is 202.0. Cleveland is 2-0 SU&ATS versus Orlando this season, and both of those contests stayed under the total. As a matter of fact, the Cavaliers are a perfect 9-0 SU&ATS in their last nine games versus the Magic.

Our top Total Plays from Sunday's NBA Odds include Cavs/Magic

Beware of the Big Dog
The Orlando Magic has gone a dismal 8-25 during their previous thirty-three games. However, on some positive notes, they’ve gone a respectable 6-4 in the last ten games at home, and are a very profitable 9-4 ATS this season as an underdog of 10.0 or more. Orlando is returning home on Sunday for the first time since going 0-3 on a three-game in four day road trip, and that concluded with a 95-88 loss at Boston on Friday. The Magic has seen each of their previous three games at home go over the total, and there was an average of 213.0 combined points score per contest.

 

Keeping the Fire Burning
The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone a terrific 23-5 during their previous twenty-eight games. As a matter of fact, they’re a bookie busting 20-6 ATS in the last twenty-six when installed as a favorite. Today will be the third of a four game in seven day road trip for Cleveland. They’ve won the first two on the trip by scores of 127-94 at Dallas last Tuesday, and came away with a thrilling 128-125 overtime win at San Antonio on Thursday. In that win versus the defending world champions, Cleveland’s Kyrie Erving was spectacular by scoring 57-points, topping his previous career high of 55 versus Portland earlier this season. If you’re looking for a flaw with the Cavaliers at the moment it would be their recent defensive play. During the past five contests, Cleveland has allowed 103.2 points per game, and opponents have shot 47.7% from the field.

 

Final Analysis
The old adage in sports betting, “if it looks to easy then it’s usually not” certainly applies to this contest. These teams have been headed in polar opposite directions for quite some time now. However, my professional intuition leads me to believe that the Magic will be able to get inside of this large number, and I’ll have the smallest of leans on the home team when making my NBA picks on Sunday.

NBA Picks: Play on Orlando +9.5 over Cleveland at Pinnacle

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