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The Magic and Cavaliers face off in the NBA Playoffs on Saturday. Which team will take Game 1? Matt McCuen shares his Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers prediction and pick against the spread for their Round 1 Game 1 matchup.
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Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, Latest Odds for Game 1

The Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers will clash for a East First Round Game 1 matchup.

The Magic enter this series as a +166 underdog.

Magic vs. Cavaliers Date, Time, and Where to Watch

  • Date: April 20, 2024
  • Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

Magic vs. Cavaliers Odds

  • Spread: Magic +4 (-107), Cavaliers -4 (-115)
  • Total Odds: O 207.5 (-105), U 207.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline Odds: Magic (+166), Cavaliers (-186)

Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction

Orlando pieced together a strong season with a record of 47-35.

You would have to date back to 2010 for the last time the Magic won a playoff series.

The Panthers selected Cam Newton in round one that same year for reference of how long ago that was.

Former Duke standout Paolo Banchero leads the Magic with 22.5 points per game and 5.4 assists, which lead the team.

Franz Wagner has performed at a high level this year, adding 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Jalen Suggs has added 12.6 points and 2.7 assists.

Wendell Carter Jr. leads the Magic with 6.9 rebounds.

The Magic offense has averaged 110.5 points per game.

Cleveland brings a record of 48-34.

The Cavs are the betting favorite to win this series (-190).

The Cavs feel disappointed to be the fourth seed in the East after a solid start to their season.

The winner of this series will likely have the Boston Celtics on deck.

These two teams split the season series 2-2.

Donavan Mitchell leads the Cavs with 26.6 points per game.

Darius Garland has enjoyed a strong season with 18.0 points and a team-high 6.5 assists.

Big man Jarett Allen has averaged 16.6 points and 10.5 rebounds.

The Cavs offense has scored 112.6 points per game.

Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick

The Cavs will take care of business in Game 1.

Cleveland matches up well in this series.

Orlando does not have the guards on defense to shut down Mitchell or Garland.

This Cavs team was outstanding at home this year (26-15).

The Magic struggled on the road with an 18-23 record.

Pick: Cleveland Cavs -4 -115 Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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