The Orlando Magic take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, December 2nd, at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in NBA regular season action. The Cavs have gone 14-8 and are one of the best teams in the NBA at the moment. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference, four games behind table-toppers the Boston Celtics. The Magic haven't been great this campaign, only going 5-17, rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The betting odds and predictions are given below:
The Cavaliers have gone 6-4 in the last 10 and are looking to mount pressure on the teams immediately above them. Having played two more games than the Bucks, the Cavs cannot afford any mishaps at the moment. They come into this game on the back of a dominant 113-85 win over the 76ers. The Cavs' defense played incredibly well in that game, keeping a stalwart like Joel Embiid down to 19 points, while Tobias Harris only managed 3 points. The Cleveland defense is rated as the second-best in the entire NBA, with a rating of 108.2. They currently allow only 106 points per game, which is the lowest in the entire league.
They come up against a struggling Magic side riddled with injuries. The Orlando side are currently a bottom-five offense, scoring only 108 points a night, which is the third-worst tally in the league. Going up against one of the very best defenses in the NBA, they have their work cut out for them.
Paolo Banchero's rookie campaign has earned him a lot of rightful plaudits. After sustaining a major injury, he has come back with a bang. He is averaging 23-7-4 thus far on 55% true shooting.
Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Match Details
Fixture: Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Date & Time: Friday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. EST
Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Injury Report
Magic's assists leader Jalen Suggs has been ruled out for this game alongside starting #5 Wendell Carter, while Cavaliers star center Jarrett Allen is sidelined.
Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Odds & Spreads
Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Starting 5s
Orlando Magic: PG M. Fultz, SG Franz Wagner, SF P. Banchero, PF Bol Bol, C Mo Bamba (GTD)
Cleveland Cavaliers: PG D. Garland, SG D. Mitchell, SF Dean Wade, PF M. Diakite, C Evan Mobley
Magic vs. Cavaliers Betting Prediction
The Cavaliers should win this game comprehensively. The Magic are 0-5 in their last 5 games and have won only one of their 10 road games this campaign. The Cavs, on the other hand, boast one of the best defensive records in the league coming onto their home court against a bottom-three offense.