The CLEVELAND and the ORLANDO will both be gunning for a victory on 11/5/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS vs ORLANDO MAGIC
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, November 5, 2018
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
|505||CLEVELAND||-4.5 (-110)||213.5 (-110)||170
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: ORLANDO , CLEVELAND
Oddsmakers currently have the ORLANDO listed as -4.5 point favorites versus the CLEVELAND, while the game’s total is sitting at 213.5.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may be finding it difficult to focus on basketball with all the turmoil surrounding the team. They will try to stick to matters at hand when they visit the Orlando Magic on Monday for the finale of a two-game road trip.
The trip began with an ugly 126-94 loss at Charlotte on Saturday, the team’s second straight blowout loss amid testy contract negotiations with acting coach Larry Drew, trade requests, foot surgery for star forward Kevin Love and a slew of lineup changes that have yet to pay dividends. “I haven’t been on the job long, so I still have some time to try and find it but I’m very happy with our squad,” Drew told reporters after the loss to the Hornets. “I think we’ve got a good group. I think we just gotta get it out of them.” The Magic will be playing the second half of a back-to-back but the first half was an excellent one, as they snapped a four-game losing streak with a surprising 117-110 win at San Antonio. Aaron Gordon broke out of a slump with 26 points as Orlando had its best offensive output of the season.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Ohio (Cleveland), FS Florida (Orlando)
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (1-8): Not long after indicating he would like to be traded, veteran J.R. Smith led Cleveland with 14 points in the loss the Hornets. He and Kyle Korver combined to make 7-of-11 from 3-point range while the rest of the team went 3-for-15 from beyond the arc. Rookie Collin Sexton had scored at least 12 points in five straight games before being held to a season low-tying four points on 1-of-5 shooting.
ABOUT THE MAGIC (3-6): Gordon averaged just over 10 points while shooting 34.3 percent in his previous three games before carrying the load against the Spurs. “I was just taking what they were giving me,” he told FS Florida in a postgame interview. “When coach calls my number I’ve got to be ready. I gotta continue to do that. Make shots.” Rookie center Mo Bamba recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds Sunday.
1. Smith needs two 3-pointers to move past Daniel Gibson (578) and into fifth place on the franchise’s all-time list.
2. Magic SG Evan Fournier has three steals in each of his last two games after recording a total of three through his first seven contests.
3. The teams split four meetings last season, with Orlando taking the final meeting 116-98 at home.
PREDICTION: Magic 107, Cavaliers 99