Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic NBA Pro Basketball
Time: 5PM ET TV: ESPN
Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road to take on Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Friday night basketball on ESPN. The LVSC send out has the Magic listed as a 3-½ point favorite with the over under coming in at 189 ½. The early money has been on the favorite as Orlando is currently a 4-point favorite. There has been movement to the under as the total sits at 187. The Orlando Magic sits 5 games in the loss column behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the best record in the NBA with only 8 games to play. The Magic and Celtics are tied in the loss column for the #2 seed in the East. This is significant because if form holds in the 1st round of the playoffs the Magic would hold home court advantage against Boston in the Eastern Conference Semifinals should the Magic finish with a better record than Boston. The Cavaliers are playing the back end of a back to back in this contest against the Magic. Cleveland is coming off a 109-101 loss against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards shot over 50% in victory despite going only 1-10 from the three-point line. The Wizards dominated the Cavaliers inside as Washington held a 58-32 advantage in points in the paint. Orlando and Cleveland met in Orlando back in late January with the Magic earning a 99-88 victory. Cleveland shot only 41% in defeat. In their last meeting in Cleveland Howard took only 8 shots. With that Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy vowed to get more shots for his big man Dwight Howard. The Magic is coming off a home 99-95 loss to the Toronto Raptors, which could prove critical in Orlando’s quest to claim the #2 seed in the East. The Magic begins a tough 3 game stretch, as they must travel to Atlanta and Houston following their home date with Lebron and the Cavaliers.
Trend: Orlando is 8-1 ATS in their past 9 meetings
The Wagerline consensus has 51.2% of the bettors on Orlando -4
The Wagerline consensus has 54.9% of the bettors playing over 187