Magic vs. Cavaliers Game 2 Computer Pick: Expect More Scoring From Orlando in Cleveland 

Author:
Oddstrader
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Jalen Suggs #4 of the Orlando Magic dunks during the first quarter game one of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on April 20, 2024. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Top sportsbooks have released their NBA odds for Game 2 between the Magic and Cavaliers. For your NBA picks, I will recommend the Over.

My recommendation is backed by OddsTrader’s Computer AI and by my handicapping. Also, for more of today’s betting analysis, check out:

NBA Computer Pick: Over 202.5 (-110) at Bet365 (check our Bet365 Review)


Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Monday, April 22, 2024 – 07:00 PM ET at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse


Our computers project this to be a high-scoring game, and I agree. The total for this game is too low given what each offense is capable of doing.

Orlando’s Game 1 Performance

The Magic scored 83 points in Game 1. It is tempting to look at this outcome and to avoid playing the Over.

But if you look at the history of Orlando’s offensive duds in the regular season, you’ll see that the Magic reliably improve after such a poor performance.

For example, on April 10 they scored 99 points against Milwaukee. In their next game on April 22, they scored 113 points against a tougher Philadelphia defense.

Better from Deep

The key for Orlando is to shoot better from deep. In Game 1, the Magic shot 21.6 percent from behind the arc.

While, yes, they aren’t a good shooting team, they aren’t this bad. In the regular season, they shot over 35 percent from deep.

Their poor shooting caused a cascade of problems as, in addition to bricking threes, they became easier to defend inside as Cleveland’s defenders could focus on protecting the paint.

Better shooting will open things up for Orlando inside in addition to accumulating more three-pointers. Paolo Banchero, who scored 42 points in Cleveland on December 6 but whose shots were generally tightly contested in Game 1, will benefit especially.

Cleveland’s Offense

Cleveland’s offense likewise underperformed in Game 1. The Cavaliers shot poorly from deep yet, in the regular season, they made over 38 percent of their three-point attempts at home.

They scored 97 points despite not being pushed by Orlando’s offense – when the Magic came back, the Cavaliers woke up from their offensive slumber.

A better Orlando offense will keep them awake, allowing them to blow past 100 points. In fact, Cleveland exceeded 120 points twice in the regular season against Orlando.

NBA Computer Pick: Over 202.5 (-110) at Bet365

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