Orlando Magic vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 12/02/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Friday, December 2, 2022
Venue:  Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Where to Watch:  BSOH

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Magic +10.5, Cavaliers -10.5; Over/Under:  215 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Magic +10, Cavaliers -10; Over/Under:  215 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Magic +10.5, Cavaliers -10.5; Over/Under:  215 points
 

Season Record

Orlando Magic:  5-17 (5th place, Southeast Division)
Cleveland Cavaliers:  14-8 (2nd place, Central Division)
 
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Recent Form
Orlando Magic:  2-8 last 10
Cleveland Cavaliers:  6-4 last 10

 

Orlando Magic vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview and Analysis

 
The Magic are coming into this game with a 5-17 record overall and they are 1-9 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 6 game losing streak with losses coming against the Indiana Pacers twice in a row, the Philadelphia 76ers twice in a row, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Atlanta Hawks in their last game. Franz Wagner led the team in points in that game with 22 while Paolo Banchero was next on the team with 20 points. Moritz Wagner led the team in assists in that game with 8 while Franz Wagner and Moritz Wagner each led the team in rebounds with 6. They were 49.4% from the field, 29.6% from 3-point range, and 88% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 108.3 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 114.4 PPG against them. The Magic have an ATS record of 9-12-1 this season and their O/U record is 11-10-1.
 
 
 
The Cavaliers are coming into this game with a 14-8 record overall and they are 9-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game off of a win against the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game. Caris LeVert led the team in points in that game with 22 while Darius Garland was next on the team with 21 points. Darius Garland led the team in assists in that game with 9 while Evan Mobley led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 60.8% from the field, 51.7% from 3-point range, and 80% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 112.9 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 106 PPG against them. The Cavaliers have an ATS record of 12-8-2 this season and their O/U record is 10-12.

 

Magic vs Cavaliers Prediction

The current betting odds have the Cavaliers listed as a 10.5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Cavaliers have been having a great season this year, it is only a few games into the season but they have looked really good with their new addition Donovan Mitchell. They only have 1 loss at home all season and they have even been great at covering the spread there with the same ATS record at home as their SU record. They just pulled off a huge win by almost 30 points over a good 76ers team in their last home game and the Magic are coming into this one as one of the worst teams in the NBA right now. The Magic have a lot of young talent on their team but they need time to develop and until they do, they are going to be a bad team that struggles to win games. Even in their last game, they were at home against a Hawks team that has been mediocre this season, terrible in road games, and was in a huge slump going into that one but still came out with a big win over the Magic by around 20 points. The Magic don't have the skill to keep up with the Cavs here especially on the road. The best way to place a bet here is on the Cavaliers to cover the spread in this game.
 
Magic Cavaliers Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Friday, December 2, 2022 (7:30 pm ET start time) is Cavaliers 124 Magic 101.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Orlando Magic: 18-26 ATS as an underdog of 10 or more points. 8-2 UNDER after 5 straight games being outrebounded by the opponent by 5 or more. 5-1 UNDER after a loss by 10 points or more.
Cleveland Cavaliers: 11-3 ATS as a favorite. 9-1 ATS in home games. 24-14 UNDER as a home favorite.
 

Key Injuries

 
Orlando Magic:  C. Okeke (PF) Ques Fri - Knee. J. Suggs (SG) Ques Fri - Ankle. M. Bamba (C) Ques Fri - Back. G. Harris (SG) Ques Fri - Hamstring. W. Carter Jr. (C) Out indefinitely - Foot. J. Isaac (PF) Out indefinitely - Knee.
Cleveland Cavaliers:  L. Stevens (PF) Ques Fri - Illness. J. Allen (C) Ques Fri - Back. K. Love (PF) Out indefinitely - Thumb. D. Windler (SG) Late Dec - Ankle. R. Rubio (PG) Early Jan - Knee.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"The rebounding obviously hurt us. I think it comes to effort and focus. Regardless of who’s in the game, there’s a matter of just finding a man, putting a body on him, boxing out and going to get the rebound. You can’t be watching the ball go up.” - Jamal Mosley after his team’s loss against the Hawks in their game on Wednesday.
 
 
“For us to take the next step, we’ve got to take it on the road and play the same way. That’s something we’re working on and I think we’re finding our rhythm as a group. When one of us has it going, like I did tonight, we keep finding them.” - Caris LeVert after their win against the 76ers in their game on Wednesday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Orlando Magic
PG Markelle Fultz
SG Franz Wagner
SF Paolo Banchero
PF Bol Bol
C Mo Bamba 
 
Cleveland Cavaliers
PG Darius Garland
SG Donovan Mitchell 
SF Dean Wade
PF Evan Mobley
C Robin Lopez
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Orlando Magic
PPG: P. Banchero (22.7)
APG: J. Suggs (5.4)
Reb/G: W. Carter Jr. (9.1)
 
Cleveland Cavaliers
PPG: D. Mitchell (28.4)
APG: D. Garland (8.1)
Reb/G: J. Allen (10.8)
 
Coaches:
Orlando Magic: Jamahl Mosley (2nd season)
Cleveland Cavaliers: J.B. Bickerstaff (5th season)
 


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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