A pair of conference foes face off on Thursday, March 14 as the Magic (31-38, 18-16 home) host the Cavaliers (17-51, 6-27 away) at 7:00 p.m. EST at Amway Center.
These two teams have met two times in 2018-19, with the Cavaliers winning once. The last time they clashed on March 3rd, 2019, Cleveland won 107-93 behind 18 points from Jordan Clarkson.
The Magic began as 7.5-point favorites for this game, with a projected point total of 211. That’s a sizeable point spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of wagering on the Magic. Cleveland is 32-35-1 against the spread this season and 36-32-0 over/under. Orlando, meanwhile, is 35-33-1 ATS and 30-39-0 over/under.
Cleveland enters the game ranked 30th in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 113.2 points per game and are limiting opponents to 45.0% from the floor and 37.0% from downtown. Offensively, they’re averaging 104.0 points and are 25th in rebounds and 28th in assists.
On the flip side, Orlando ranks 25th in offensive rating. The Magic are averaging 105.6 points per game on 42.0% shooting and are 20th in rebounds and 13th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 106.7 points per game and are 21st in field goals allowed and 10th in three-pointers allowed.
Both squads have been active lately. The Magic are coming off of a 100-90 loss vs the Wizards in Washington in which they shot 12 for 33 from deep were out-rebounded 55-53.
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are fresh off a 99-106 loss against the 76ers in Philadelphia in which they dished out 14 assists and scratched and clawed their way to eight steals. Collin Sexton torched the 76ers for 26 points.
All told, the Cavaliers have won five of their previous ten games and are 14th in the Eastern Conference, while the Magic have have come out on the losing end of six of their last ten and are ninth in the Eastern Conference.