Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA expert prediction, odds, injuries, how to watch for Dec. 6

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the Orlando Magic-Cleveland Cavaliers matchup on Dec. 6.
Orlando Magic center Moritz Wagner (21) speaks to forward Franz Wagner.
Orlando Magic center Moritz Wagner (21) speaks to forward Franz Wagner. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic are surprisingly one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this season, and they have a matchup with a surging Cleveland Cavaliers team on Wednesday, Dec. 6. 

Cleveland has won seven of its last 10 games, but they have not even gotten the best play out of Donovan Mitchell since he returned from a hamstring injury. 

This is an interesting matchup since Orlando is set as a four-point dog, but the team is elite against the spread this season, going 15-5 in its first 20 games. 

Does that trend keep up in Cleveland? 

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Magic vs. Cavaliers odds, spread and total

Magic vs. Cavaliers how to watch

  • Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6
  • Game Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • How to Watch (TV): Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Florida
  • Magic Record: 14-6
  • Cavs Record: 11-9

Magic vs. Cavaliers injury reports

Orlando Magic injury report

  • Wendell Carter Jr. – out
  • Markelle Fultz – out
  • Kevon Harris – out
  • Jett Howard – out
  • Trevelin Queen – out
  • Jonathan Isaac – questionable

Cleveland Cavaliers injury report

  • Emoni Bates – out
  • Ty Jerome – out
  • Caris LeVert – out
  • Ricky Rubio – out
  • Dean Wade – questionable

Magic vs. Cavaliers key players to watch

Orlando Magic

Franz Wagner: Franz Wagner is a budding star, and the former lottery pick has put together an impressive six-game stretch for the Magic. Over those games, Wagner is averaging 26.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game while shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from 3-point range. 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Donovan Mitchell: The All-NBA guard has struggled since returning from a hamstring injury, shooting just 36.4 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from 3 over his last five games. This is a tough matchup against a lengthy Orlando team that ranks No. 3 in defensive rating

Magic vs. Cavaliers prediction and pick

Even though the Cavaliers are playing better as of late, the team still ranks 19th in the NBA in net rating while Orlando comes into this game at No. 6. 

The Cavs have really struggled as home favorites this season, going 2-5-1 ATS. 

The Orlando Magic are coming off a bad loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, but the team has several days off which should help it get back on track. 

With Mitchell struggling, the Cavs have to rely on others to keep them going on offense, and LeVert’s absence gives the team a lack of scoring options. 

I like Orlando to at least cover as an underdog in this one. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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