Cavaliers vs. Magic Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Cavaliers are a 9-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 222 points. Cleveland opened as an 8.5-point favorite, while the total has gone up after opening at 220 points.
Who the Public Likes: As of Saturday afternoon, the Cavaliers have 81 percent of public bets coming in on them.
Injury Report: Kevin Love exited the last Cavaliers game with a sprained ankle, but is expected to play tonight. Derrick Rose has been out since Nov. 7 with a sprained ankle, but could be good to go by mid-January. Iman Shumpert is out until late January after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. For the Magic, Jonathon Simmons exited the last game with back spasms and is questionable today. Jonathan Isaac is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle. Nikola Vucevic is out indefinitely with a broken hand. Terrance Ross is out indefinitely with a sprained MCL.
Who the Trends Like: Cleveland is 8-1 ATS in its last nine meetings in Orlando and 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall. The over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Orlando. .
Who We Like: Injury-riddled Orlando has lost 12 of its last 13 games and is continuing a freefall after a strong start to the season. It goes no easier tonight with LeBron James and company arriving in town. The Cavaliers have lost five of their last seven games and the Magic could be the perfect antidote to get rolling again. I'm going to predict a Cleveland blowout here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS -9