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The Cleveland Cavaliers (50-30) are aiming for back-to-back wins over the Orlando Magic (34-45) when the teams square off on Thursday night. Cleveland notched a 117-113 win against Orlando on Tuesday night in a game that landed exactly on the spread. The Cavaliers are going to be without multiple key players on Thursday, though. 

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET from Amway Center. The Magic are favored by 10 points in the latest Magic vs. Cavaliers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 217.5. Before entering any Cavaliers vs. Magic picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four-plus seasons. The model enters the final week of the 2022-23 NBA regular season a stunning 71-36 on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $3,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Magic vs. Cavaliers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Cavs vs. Magic:

  • Magic vs. Cavaliers spread: Magic -10
  • Magic vs. Cavaliers money line: Orlando -440, Cleveland +335
  • Magic vs. Cavaliers over/under: 217.5 points
  • Magic vs. Cavaliers picks: See picks here
Featured Game | Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Why the Magic can cover

Cleveland is going to be without most of its key players on Thursday night as it looks toward the postseason. The five leading scorers in Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley and Caris LeVert are all going to be sidelined for the rematch. Mitchell poured in 43 points in Tuesday’s game, while Garland posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. 

Orlando has almost everyone healthy coming into this game, and it will be motivated to get revenge for Tuesday’s loss. The Magic have been better than most experts predicted before the season, competing for a spot in the NBA play-in tournament until earlier this week. They have gone 9-0-1 against the spread in their last 10 games and have won seven of the last eight meetings between these teams at home. 

Why the Cavaliers can cover

Orlando is dealing with the disappointment of missing the postseason, leaving the Magic without much motivation on Thursday night. They are facing a Cleveland team that has secured its first 50-win campaign since the 2017-18 season. The Cavaliers can reach their best regular-season win mark since the 2015-16 season with wins in their final two games. 

This matchup gives some of Cleveland’s role players a chance to step up, such as fifth-year small forward Cedi Osman. He is averaging 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, scoring 14 points against New York at the end of March. The Cavaliers have won five of the last six head-to-head meetings between these teams. 

How to make Magic vs. Cavaliers picks

The model has simulated Cavs vs. Magic 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Over, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick where one side hits 60% of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Magic vs. Cavs? And which side of the spread hits in 60% of simulations? Visit SportsLine to see which side of the Cavaliers vs. Magic spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.



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