Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 1/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic
Date: Monday, January 4, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+4.5)
Amway Center is the site where and the Orlando Magic (4-2) will play the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-2) on Monday. Cleveland opens this contest as 4.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 220.
The Cleveland Cavaliers played the Atlanta Hawks and notched a win by a score of 96-91 in their last contest. Cleveland walked away from the contest having earned a 41.8% field goal percentage (38 out of 91) and converted 7 of 29 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers converted 13 of their 17 tries for a rate of 76.5%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they earned 46 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 19 assists in this game while earning 10 steals and 2 blocks. In regard to defense, Cleveland allowed 41.2% from the floor on 35 out of 85 shooting. Atlanta totaled 22 dimes and had 9 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Hawks totaled 48 rebounds (15 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Atlanta finished the contest at 52.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 10 of 19 shots. They converted 11 out of their 32 attempts from downtown.
Collin Sexton is a player who was a contributor in this game. He accounted for 27 points on 10 out of 18 shooting. He played 35:54 mins played and also pulled down 2 boards. Sexton finished 55.6% from the field and recorded 3 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in this matchup for the Cavaliers was JaVale McGee. He totaled 9 rebounds and also accounted for 4 dimes. He finished 54.5% from the field in the matchup by shooting 6-of-11 (14 points). When all was said and done, McGee played for 24:56 min.
Cleveland enters this game with a record of 4-2 on the campaign. They have an average of 108.0 points per contest (22nd in basketball) while hitting 46.3% from the field. The Cavaliers are connecting on 37.1% on shots from 3-point land (62 of 167) and 68.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Cleveland is snagging 46.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 157 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 5th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 17.0 times per game and as a team they are committing 21.3 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Cavaliers are forcing their opponents into 20.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.8 personal fouls. They rank 26th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 150 relinquished for the season. The Cavaliers are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.2% (124 of 119) and they surrender 45.8 boards per game as a group. They are giving up 39.0% from 3-point land and they rank 6th in basketball in points per game allowed (105.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the Orlando Magic went home defeated by a final of 108-99 when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Magic corralled 40 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 55 in this matchup. They also rejected 2 attempts while recording 7 steals in the game. The Thunder earned 17 fouls in the game which got the Magic to the free throw line for 12 attempts. They were able to bury 9 of the free throw tries for a rate of 75.0%. In regard to shots from downtown, Orlando buried 10 out of 38 tries (26.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Magic went 40 out of 108 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 37.0%. The Magic permitted the Thunder to make 38 of 86 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 44.2% in this matchup. They finished 31.7% from 3-point land by shooting 13 out of 41 and finished the game at 19 out of 21 at the free throw line (90.5%). In the matter of team rebounding, Orlando allowed Oklahoma City to snag 52 overall (6 offensive).
Nikola Vučević ended up being a factor for the Magic in this game. He buried 13 out of 21 for the game for a field goal percentage of 61.9%, which earned him 30 points. Vučević grabbed 13 boards in his 34:58 minutes of playing time and totaled 2 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Orlando was Terrence Ross. He scored 26 points in his 30:49 minutes on the court via 9 of 21 shooting for this game. Ross ended up shooting 42.9% from the floor while also earning 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Orlando has a win-loss mark of 4-2 so far this season. When it comes to offense, the Magic are shooting 43.9% from the field, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Orlando has accounted for 672 pts so far this year (112.0 per game) and they average 48.2 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 21.8 times per contest (25th in basketball) and they are turning it over 11.7 times per game. The Magic are responsible for committing 18.3 personal fouls every game and they connect on 82.2% from the charity stripe. The Magic on the defensive side of the court are 17th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 111.8. They surrender 24.2 dimes and 47.7 rebounds every game, which is ranked 16th and 25th in the league. The Orlando defense concedes 34.0% from downtown (67 of 197) and opponents are knocking down 73.0% of their foul shots. They are able to force 16.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 48.2% from the field (27th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Cleveland (+4.5)
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