24 Jan

2024 NBA picks, Jan. 22 predictions from proven computer model

The Cleveland Cavaliers (25-15) will try to extend their seven-game winning streak when they face the Orlando Magic (23-20) on Monday night. Cleveland won all six games during its recent homestand before adding a 116-95 win at Atlanta on Saturday. Orlando lost five times in a six-game stretch, but it responded with a 105-87 win over Miami on Sunday. The Cavaliers are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Magic are in eighth place.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on Monday at the Kia Center in Orlando, Fla. Cleveland is favored by 1.5 points in the latest Magic vs. Cavaliers odds, while the over/under is 215.5 points, per SportsLine consensus. 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 five-plus seasons. The model entered Week 13 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 42-23 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning nearly $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

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

Magic vs. Cavaliers spread: Magic +1.5
Magic vs. Cavaliers over/under: 215.5 points
Magic vs. Cavaliers money line: Magic: +104, Cavaliers: -124
Magic vs. Cavaliers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Magic can cover
Orlando was on the road for seven of its first nine games this month, so it is happy to be back at home for the conclusion of this three-game homestand. The Magic are coming off an impressive performance, blowing out the Heat in a 105-87 final on Sunday. Power forward Paolo Banchero scored a team-high 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting, and he completed his double-double with 10 rebounds.

All five starters scored in double figures for Orlando, as its season-opening starting lineup was back together for the first time in more than two months. They held the Heat to a season-low point total and forced 18 turnovers, boosted by Markelle Fultz’ first start since Nov. 9. Franz Wagner scored 19 points and dished out five assists in his return to the starting lineup after missing eight games due to a sprained right ankle. See which team to pick here.

Why the Cavaliers can cover
Cleveland lost to Toronto in its first game of 2024, but it has rattled off seven consecutive wins since then to move into fourth place in the conference standings. The Cavaliers won all six games during their homestand, wrapping it up with a 135-95 win over the Bucks. Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and dished out seven assists, while Georges Niang had a team-high 33 points off the bench.

The Cavaliers stayed hot on Saturday, cruising to a 116-95 win as 2-point road favorites at Atlanta. Mitchell had 18 points and eight assists to lead a balanced scoring attack and extend the league’s longest active winning streak. Cleveland scored the first 10 points of the game and never trailed, holding the Hawks to a season-low in points. Darius Garland (jaw) and Evan Mobley (knee) remain out for Cleveland, while Caris LeVert (wrist) is questionable. See which team to pick here.

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 also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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