The Magic lead this best-of-seven series 3-1 and can close out the Magic with a win tonight. Basketball odds are very close on this game but the trends are not, as they heavily favor the Magic.
NBA Playoffs odds have favored the Cavaliers almost every time in this series, yet it is the Magic who have been covering the spread. That is nothing new when these teams get together as the Magic have owned the Cavaliers this year and in recent seasons. Orlando has won 70% of the time over the past few years against Cleveland and they are up near 90% against the basketball odds.
The Cavaliers have had all kinds of trouble versus the NBA Playoffs odds at Orlando in this series. The Magic won games three and four in Orlando and they covered the NBA Playoffs odds at the sports book both times. The Magic won 99-89 in Game 3 and easily covered the 1.5 point line in NBA Playoffs odds. They also won Game 4 by a score of 116-114 in overtime and covered the NBA Playoffs odds at the online sportsbook yet again.
The Cavaliers have lost seven of the last ten games at Orlando and they are 3-7 against the basketball odds at the sports book in those games. The simple fact is that the Cavaliers don’t matchup well with the Magic. Other than LeBron James, the Cavaliers just don’t have enough offensive weapons to control the Magic. And Cleveland has yet to find a way to control Dwight Howard and at the same time keep Orlando from shooting three pointers.
The total has been split in the last ten games at Orlando going 5-5. The four meetings this season have seen two games go over the total at the online sportsbook and two games go under the total. It would make sense that the total would go under considering Cleveland has the best defense in the league but in this series against Orlando they just have not matched up well with the Magic and games have gone over.
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