Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic April 5th, 2022 NBA Betting Odds & Pick

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic April 5th, 2022 NBA Betting Odds & Pick

Cole Paganelli
8 months ago
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Orlando Magic guard Jeff Dowtin (11) defends Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) in the fourth quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

The Cleveland Cavaliers take the court on Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic in another important game for Ohio’s NBA representatives. Cleveland appears to be headed toward the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference, but this game can help them to secure the seventh seed and home-court advantage in that tournament. To earn that slot, though, the Cavs must avoid an upset at the hands of the lowly Magic.

Cavaliers vs. Magic Odds

Cleveland comes into this game as a convincing favorite on the road against Orlando. They enter as an 8.5-point favorite and are at -380 on the moneyline, meaning that a $380 bet is required to win $100 on the Cavaliers. The over/under in this game is set at 217.5 as Cleveland looks to build on its 119-point performance in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks on Saturday.

The Cavaliers being designated as a favorite in this game is no surprise, given how much better they have been than the Magic this season. Cleveland enters this game at 43-36 on the season, ranking seventh in the East. Orlando, meanwhile, has the worst record in the Eastern Conference with a record of 20-59, and the Cavaliers should be able to add another tally in the win column here.

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Keys To The Game

The biggest key to this game for the Cavaliers will be their shooting as a result of their current roster situation. They are without Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen on the interior, reducing the amount of post-scoring that the Cavs can do right now. The jump shots were falling for the Cavs on Saturday against the Knicks, but a poor shooting performance could make this game closer than anticipated.

Another huge key for Cleveland is whether or not they can come out and play sharply in their third game in four days. JB Bickerstaff’s team played against the Knicks on Saturday and the 76ers on Sunday. While they get a softer opponent in this matchup, three games in four days is never an easy scenario for an NBA team to overcome.

On the Magic side, protecting the basketball is their biggest key in this matchup. They did a terrible job of protecting the ball on Sunday night against the Knicks, which caused the game to get away from them in the second half. They will need to end more possessions with shots in this contest if they are going to compete with a Cavaliers team that always brings defensive intensity regardless of their opponent.

Cavaliers vs. Magic Pick

Cleveland should be able to win this game over the Orlando Magic, but things should be tighter than anticipated. The Cavs are dealing with a rest deficiency in this contest, and tired legs are especially costly for a team that is forced to hoist more jump shots than usual. Taking the Magic and the points here might be the best play despite the gap in talent in this Tuesday night contest.

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