Even though they won Game 5, the Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t out of the woods yet. On Saturday, the Cavs travel back to Orlando to take on a Magic team that is just one win away from heading to the NBA Finals.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.COM have made the Magic 2-point home favorites on Saturday against the Cavaliers. The over/under for tonight’s game (which begins at 8:35 p.m. ET) has been set at 193.
In the previous two games played in Orlando, the Magic won both by scores of 99-89 in Game 3, and 116-114 in Game 4. Orlando could have closed the series out in Game 5, but Cleveland won 112-102 on its home floor to push a Game 6.
The Magic, who are an amazing 13-2 against the spread versus the Cavs over the last 3 seasons, will once again have a chance to close out the series tonight. Orlando is 18-7 straight up against Cleveland since 1996.
Even though it was unfathomable to think that the Cavs could lose coming into this series, it’s certainly a reality now. Orlando has simply owned Cleveland over the past couple seasons and should close things out tonight. As much as we’d love to sink our money into LeBron James in an elimination game, only giving up 2 points for a team that is 6-1 against the spread versus Cleveland over the last three seasons is a bargain.
Our Free Pick for this Eastern Conference Finals matchup is the Magic –2.
Posted: 5/30/09 11:00AM ET