Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic Prediction & Preview - April 27, 2024 | Game 4, 2024 NBA Playoffs

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic: Game details, preview, betting tips, prediction and more

After an embarrassing Game 3 loss, the Cleveland Cavaliers will look to show more grit in Game 4 against the Orlando Magic. Cleveland, which led from wire to wire in the first two games, fell behind by as many as 43 points in the 121-83 beatdown. The Cavs, led by Donovan Mitchell vowed to shake off the loss and show much better performance on Saturday.

The Magic finally put everything together to show what they are capable of. Orlando’s elite defense bared its teeth early and never let up to overwhelm the visitors. Paolo Banchero, who had his best game in the series two nights ago, promised no letup from the team.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic: Preview, prediction and betting tips

Kia Center will host the Game 4 matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Orlando Magic. TNT will air the game as it happens while Bally Sports Florida and Bally Sports Ohio will cover the same locally. Basketball fans can also stream the action by subscribing to the NBA League Pass.

Moneyline: Cavaliers (+115) vs. Magic (-135)

Spread: Cavaliers (+2.0) vs. Magic (-2.0)

Total (O/U): Cavaliers (o201.5 -110) vs. Magic (u201.5 -110)

Editor’s Note: The odds could change closer to the game. The odds listed were as per available information at the time of the writing.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic: Game preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers saw mirror images of their own selves and didn’t know how to respond against the Orlando Magic. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s team was beaten at its own game. The Magic gave the Cavaliers a dose of their own medicine and the visitors were paralyzed.

If the Cavaliers can’t respond to the Magic’s physicality and sense of urgency, the series could return to Ohio tied at 2-2.

Magic coach Jamahl Mosley made a key change in the starting five that set the tone for his team. He took out Jonathan Isaac for Wendell Carter Jr., who made the paint a tough place to be in. Carter’s hard-nosed battles with Jarrett Allen in the post gave Orlando a boost it badly needed.

Paolo Banchero, who had 15 turnovers in the first two games, was error-free in their big win. He has to keep it that way or limit his errors to prevent the Cavaliers from gaining momentum.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic: Starting lineups, subs and rotations

SG - Max Strus, PG - Darius Garland, SG - Donovan Mitchell, C - Jarrett Allen and PF - Evan Mobley will start for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Caris LeVert and Georges Niang are the contenders for the sixth-man role. Depending on how the Cavs are playing, Bickerstaff could ask one of them to give the first unit a boost.

G - Garry Harris, SG - Jalen Suggs, PF - Paolo Banchero, SF - Franz Wagner and C - Wendell Carter Jr. will open the game for the Orlando Magic.

Mosley has been quite flexible with his in-game adjustments when it comes to substitutions. Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony and Jonathan Isaac will have the first shot at entering the game from the bench.

Editor’s Note: These are predicted starting lineups, which could change depending on the availability of players uncertain to play.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic: Betting tips

Donovan Mitchell gets a 24.5 over/under points prop on Saturday. “Spida” had an embarrassing 13-point night in the Cavaliers’ humiliating loss. Count on him to put on a much better performance in Game 4 and likely go over his points prop.

Paolo Banchero, like Mitchell, has a 24.5 over/under points prop. Banchero unshackled himself from Evan Mobley’s defense to pour in 31 points in Game 3. Cleveland will make adjustments but it’s improbable to see the Cavaliers holding him to below 24 points.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic: Prediction

The Cleveland Cavaliers got punched in the mouth in Game 3 and staggered without responding. They should be more ready this time and bring back the same intensity and physicality they showed in the two previous games.

The Orlando Magic know it can hang with their visitors but the Cavaliers might pip them for the win.

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