Top Two Teams in the East in NBA Betting

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

NBA betting on Sunday features the top two teams in the Eastern Conference as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Orlando Magic.

This premier basketball betting matchup can be seen on ABC television. Here are some of the numbers and stats to consider for this game between Orlando and Cleveland.

NBA betting odds on this game are a little bit tough to figure out because neither team has anything to play for.  The Cavaliers have clinched the top overall seed in the league while Orlando is locked into the second spot in the Eastern Conference.  Both teams could choose to rest some players in this matchup although it is a rivalry game and it is on ABC.  This is the next to last game of the regular season for the Cavaliers as they play at Atlanta on Wednesday.

Orlando has won six of the last ten in this series and they are 7-3 against the NBA odds. This is the fourth meetings between the Magic and Cavaliers this season.  The teams split the two meetings in Orlando while Cleveland won 115-106 at home back in February.  Two of those three games went over the total. The Magic have won nine of the last 14 regular season matchups with the Cavaliers and they have split the last six at Cleveland.

Orlando is 20-18-1 on the road this season vs. the NBA betting line.  The Magic are normally a very good road team but this season they have just barely gotten over the .500 mark.  Orlando plays solid defense as they are 4th in the league and their offense is also good, ranking 8th in the league.  The Magic are one of just three teams that are in the top 10 on offense and defense with Cleveland and the Lakers being the other two. 

Cleveland has not been a good team at home this season vs. the point spread. That is a change from last year when Cleveland was very good at home.  The Cavaliers rarely lose at home but they don’t cover the NBA odds enough to be profitable.  Cleveland will probably be favored in this game but they have no incentive to win other than the fact the game is against Orlando.  That might be enough for Cleveland to want to play well but in reality the game means nothing since the playoffs are about a week away.

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