Magic vs Cavaliers Prediction NBA Picks 2/22/24

Cleveland Cavaliers (36-17) vs Orlando Magic (30-25)

Game Info: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Thursday night. Here’s a Magic vs Cavs Prediction.

Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic headed into the All-Star break with plenty of momentum as they've won six of their last eight games overall and their last game was a 118-100 home win over the Knicks. Paolo Banchero led the team with 36 points, six rebounds and five assists on 15 of 20 shooting, Franz Wagner added 21 points with six assists while Cole Anthony chipped in with 11 points off the bench. As a team, the Magic shot a sizzling 63 percent from the field and 12 of 26 from the 3-point line as they took control of the contest with a dominant 38-19 second quarter to erase an early 12-point deficit, before they ran away with it in the second half where they led by as many as 23 points at one stage.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have arguably been the hottest team in the league as they've won 18 of their last 20 games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after outlasting the Bulls in a 108-105 win in their last game heading into the All-Star break. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists, Isaac Okoro added 16 points off the bench while Evan Mobley chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and 12 of 37 from the 3-point line as they struggled to match the Bulls in the first quarter and quickly found themselves trailing by 17 points, but they kept themselves within striking distance and made their move in the fourth quarter where they exploded for 37 points to escape with the impressive comeback with free throws down the stretch.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Donovan Mitchell ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.9) this season.
  • Jarrett Allen ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FG% (64.6%) this season.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Paolo Banchero is one of only four players in the league to be leading his team for points, rebounds and assists this season.
  • Moritz Wagner ranks 11th amongst qualified players for FG% (58.8%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cavaliers rank 1st in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.5).
  • The Cavaliers rank 2nd in the league for opponent points per game this season (109.2).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.9).
  • The Magic rank 30th in the league for three-point field goals made per game this season (10.9).

Magic vs Cavs Prediction

The Magic could still be missing Gary Harris, while the Cavaliers are keeping an eye on Dean Wade and Ty Jerome. The Magic started to get things going again and they would've taken plenty of confidence following their dominant win over the Knicks in their last outing, while the Cavaliers have been on a tear for a while now and they just erased a 17-point deficit in a comeback win over the Bulls in their last game before the break. You can make an argument for either side here, but it's hard to go past the Cavaliers at home, especially when they've already beaten the Magic twice this season.

Peter’s Pick Cleveland -7.5

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