The teams have split their last 10 meetings but Cleveland has won both basketball betting meetings this season. Here is a look at this marquee Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday.
NBA betting had the Cavaliers winning 115-106 at home against Orlando earlier this month. The Cavaliers also won 102-93 at Orlando in November. That win broke a losing streak for Cleveland at Orlando as normally they struggle in Florida against the Magic.
When these two teams meet the games are usually high scoring. In fact, despite both teams having solid defenses, the last five meetings have gone over the NBA betting total. Eight of the last ten overall have gone over the basketball betting number.
Much of the focus on this game will be on Cleveland and how they mesh with Antawn Jamison now on the team. The Cavaliers made a big trade that brought them Jamison from the Washington Wizards. Cleveland is hoping that he can provide LeBron James with enough support so they can get over the hump and win the NBA title this season. To do that the Cavaliers will have to get past Orlando as the Magic beat them last season. Cleveland has been far better on the road vs. the NBA betting odds than at home. They were able to win at Orlando earlier this season in basketball betting but it will not be easy on Sunday.
The Magic are capable of beating Cleveland in basketball betting as they showed last year in the playoffs. Orlando has not been as dominant this season against the NBA betting pointspread but when they are playing well they are tough to handle. Dwight Howard is capable of dominating a game. Vince Carter has the same ability although he doesn’t dominate very often.
Orlando has been going over the total more often at home but under the basketball betting total on the road. The Magic are right near the top 10 in offense and they are 7th in defense as NBA betting stats indicate. The Magic can be as potent as any team in the NBA when they are playing well. It is sometimes difficult though in NBA betting to figure out when Orlando is going to show up.