Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Monday Night November 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST.
The (6-9) Orlando Magic of the NBA Eastern Conference Southeast division will take make the trip from Central Florida to the Northeast part of the Buckeye State to take on the (5-7) Cleveland Cavaliers of the Eastern Conference Central division in 2014 NBA action. The game will be played at The “Q” known as Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. This Sports handicapper is surprised with the early season competitiveness of the Orlando Magic; we had written them off before the season started. The new look Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a rough start, but they are being challenged every game, they will get better as the season goes along. The Opening Betting Line has Cleveland as a 10-point home favorite Against The Spread, and the total is posted at 200 points for Monday Night’s game.
The 2014-15 Orlando Magic have lost two of three straight up including a 99-92 home loss to divisional and in-state rivals Miami Heat on November 21st. Orlando is averaging about 97 points per game and giving up about 99 ppg. Orlando is 0-7-1 Against The Spread their last eight vs. Cleveland and the under is 5-1 their last 6 in the flats. The Orlando Magic have covered the number their last six on the road. Orlando is 8-2 their last 10 2014 Winning NBA ATS Expert Predictions,going over the total six time and staying under four times. The key to an Orlando win is to play its signature defense, rookie point guard Elfred Peyton should be able to match up with anyone Cleveland has to bring the ball down the court. Orlando also has to play with energy; that’s what has made them competitive on the road.
2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers have lost their last four straight up and Against The Spread, but they have their next three at home. Cleveland was predicted to be the team to beat coming into the season, but expectations are just that, you have to play the game, and this team has not yet found a chemistry. Cleveland is averaging over 100 points per game on offense, but the defense is allowing over 102. The Cavaliers are playing better defense as their last four have stayed under the total, and the Cavs are 2-3 Against The Spread their last five at home, going over in tow of the five. Cleveland is a double digit favorite and on paper should beat Orlando easily, but the team needs to get into a rhythm for success not only vs. Orlando but the rest of the season.
Free Pick: Cleveland-10.