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|7:00pm||Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers||CLE -8.5|
|7:00pm||Atlanta Hawks @ Detroit Pistons||u229.5|
|10:00pm||Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers||MIA -2.5|
Orlando Magic (0-4) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (2-1)
CLE -8.5 – The Cavaliers will be without star PG Darius Garland again tonight, while Orlando is missing their young PG Jalen Suggs.
Cleveland is the clear better team, but the matchup for Orlando aside from talent is a nightmare. The Magic are led by rookie Paolo Banchero, who gets a bulk of his scoring inside the 3 point line (18% from deep through 4 games). Tonight he’ll have to meet the duo of Mobley & Allen inside to get his points. Magic rank 26th offensively so far this season while the Cavs rank at #2 defensively. With Donovan Mitchell off to a hot start, Cleveland should be able to handle business early & often tonight & move to 3-1.
PICK: CLE -8.5
Atlanta Hawks (2-1) @ Detroit Pistons (1-3)
u229.5 – Aside from the fact its a random Wednesday night in Detroit, this game has under written all over it. I’d take this all the way down to 225.
Atlanta ranks 19th in scoring, while Detroit ranks 22nd in scoring so far through this season. In both matchups last season, there was under 225 points scored… the total is at 229.5!!
The Hawks are still developing chemistry with the welcoming of combo guard Dejounte Murray and the Pistons are led by 2nd year phenom Cade Cunningham, who has struggled a bit to start the season – shooting below 40%.
PICK: Under 229.5
Miami Heat (1-3) @ Portland Trail Blazers (4-0)
MIA -2.5 – Damian Lillard has been outstanding to start the year, averaging 33.3 ppg and leading Portland to a surprising 4-0 start.
Miami, on the other hand, has performed below expectations starting the season 1-3. The Heat haven’t had it easy, drawing the Bulls, Celtics & coming off back to back games against a tough Raptors team.
They are one of the best defensive teams in the league, and Portland has yet to see a defensive juggernaut en route to their hot start. Miami will focus it’s efforts on slowing down Lillard & forcing the likes of Nurkic & Simons to beat them. If it comes down to crunch time, Dame is likely to draw the matchup of Butler for 94 feet. Even on the road at Portland, I like Miami giving the points here.
PICK: MIA -2.5
Bonus Player Props
-Evan Mobley (CLE) – over 15.5 points (-114)
-James Harden (PHI) – over 22.5 points (-130)
-Damian Lillard (POR) – under 26.5 Points (-104)