NBA Picks: Cavaliers Will Continue ATS Dominance Against Magic‏

Jake Walker

Friday, March 18, 2016 5:20 PM GMT

The Cleveland Cavaliers (48-19) travel to the Amway Center to face the Orlando Magic (29-38). The Cavaliers are favored by 9 points on the NBA odds board and the total is set at 210.

Cleveland Cavaliers 
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four of their last five games and they remain the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are coming off a tough 99-98 home win against the Mavericks. With LeBron James getting the night off, Kyrie Irving stepped up to lead the way with 33 points and help his team withstand a furious comeback by the Mavericks. 

The Cavaliers average 103.6 points per game (ninth in the league) and shoot 45.8 percent from the floor and 35.6 percent from three-point range and they pull down 44.8 rebounds per game (seventh in the NBA). Cleveland allows 97.4 points per game (third in the league) and their opponents shoot 44.7 percent overall and 34.0 percent from beyond the arc and grab 40.7 rebounds per game.

LeBron James leads the team with 24.9 points, 6.5 assists and 1.4 steals, Kyrie Irving averages 19.9 points and 4.5 assists and Kevin Love adds 15.8 points and a team-best 10.1 rebounds. 

 

Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic have lost five of their last seven games to fall five games behind the Chicago Bulls for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Magic lost 107-99 against the Hornets last Wednesday. The Hornets led by as many as 26 points at one point but the Magic cut the lead to 105-99 with under 2 minutes left. Still, Charlotte prevailed at home despite 25 points from Victor Oladipo and 16 points from Brandon Jennings.

The Magic average 100.8 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting overall and 34.7 percent shooting from three-point range and they pull down 43.9 rebounds per game. Defensively, Orlando allows 102.9 points per game (16th in the league) and their opponents shoot 45.4 percent from the floor and 36.0 percent from beyond the arc and grab 44.3 rebounds per game.

Nikola Vucevic leads the Magic with 17.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks but he will miss this game because of a strained right groin muscle, which means that Orlando will rely on Victor Oladipo (15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and a team-best 1.5 steals) and Evan Fournier (14.6 points per game) to carry the offense.

 

Betting Trends
The Cavaliers are 31-35 ATS, 8-5 ATS in March and 10-19 ATS when playing against a team with a losing record.

The Magic are 37-29 ATS, 18-15 ATS in home games, 13-8 ATS in the second half of the season, 7-4 ATS after a division game and 18-15 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record.

 

Final Analysis
The Cavaliers are a 9-point favorite on the NBA odds board and the total has been set at 210. This will be the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams. The Cavaliers lead the season series against the Magic 3-0, winning each game by double digits. Cleveland has won 13 straight games against the Magic, going 13-0 ATS during that span. I like the Cavaliers to continue their dominance against the Magic. I'm taking Cleveland to win and cover -9 with my NBA picks against an Orlando team that will be without Nikola Vucevic, Elfrid Payton and Ersan Ilyasova.

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NBA Pick: Cavaliers -9
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