Game Information:

Date: Monday, December 11, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Television: BSFL and BSOH

Betting Odds:

Spread: Magic -2.5
Over/Under: 225.5

Top 5 Successful NBA Betting Models:

ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI): Magic 67.5%
FiveThirtyEight CARMELO Rating: Magic 65%
Basketball Reference’s Simple Rating System (SRS): Magic 5.50
HOOPSPRO Report: Magic 114.5 – 109.0
VSiN’s Prediction: Magic -3.5
BetQL and Sportsline Models:

BetQL: Magic -2.5
Sportsline: Magic -4.8
Average Final Score Prediction:

Based on the top 5 successful NBA betting models, the average final score prediction is:

Magic: 114.5
Cavaliers: 108.4

Pythagorean Theorem Plus Strength of Schedule:

Using the Pythagorean theorem, the expected final score is:

Magic: 114.3
Cavaliers: 111.3

However, when factoring in strength of schedule, the predicted score becomes:

Magic: 115.2
Cavaliers: 110.0

Key Player Injuries:

Caris LeVert (out)
Ty Jerome (out)
Evan Mobley (out)
Ricky Rubio (out)

Markelle Fultz (out)
Wendell Carter Jr. (out)
Jalen Suggs (questionable)
Jonathan Isaac (questionable)


The Magic are 16-6 against the spread this season.
The Cavaliers are 10-12 against the spread this season.
The Magic are 8-4 against the spread at home this season.
The Cavaliers are 4-5 against the spread on the road this season.

The Magic are heavily favored in this matchup, despite missing key players like Markelle Fultz and Wendell Carter Jr. The Cavaliers are also struggling with injuries, missing Evan Mobley and Caris LeVert. However, the Cavaliers have been surprisingly competitive on the road this season, covering the spread in four of their last five away games.

Final Score Prediction:

Based on the current information, here are two possible scenarios:

Scenario 1: Magic with Suggs and Isaac:

Magic: 118
Cavaliers: 108

Scenario 2: Magic without Suggs and Isaac:

Magic: 114
Cavaliers: 110

Combined Pick:

Taking an average of the models’ picks and our pick, the final combined pick for the game is:

Magic: 115.2
Cavaliers: 109.4

This suggests a close victory for the Magic, with the Cavaliers potentially keeping it interesting if they can exploit the Magic’s absences. The availability of Jalen Suggs and Jonathan Isaac will be crucial for the Magic’s offensive production.

Additional Considerations:

The Cavaliers have a strong defensive identity, ranking 8th in the league in defensive efficiency.
The Magic’s offensive efficiency has been inconsistent this season, ranking 18th in the league.
The Cavaliers have been strong at covering the spread as underdogs, going 4-1 this season.


Magic: Strong home record, balanced offense, good rebounding team.
Cavaliers: Strong defense, good three-point shooting, young and hungry team.


Magic: Reliant on outside shooting, lack of interior presence without Carter Jr., thin backcourt without Fultz and Suggs.
Cavaliers: Lack of size and experience, injuries to key players, inconsistent offense.


The availability of Jalen Suggs and Jonathan Isaac for the Magic.
The Cavaliers’ ability to contain Franz Wagner and Paolo

The Cavaliers vs. Magic matchup on December 11th promises to be a thrilling battle between two teams with bright futures. While the Magic are the slight favorites, the Cavaliers have the talent to pull off an upset. This game is a must-watch for any NBA fan.

Pick: Take the Magic -2.5 points tonight. ***WINNER***