2024 NBA playoff picks, Game 4 best bets from proven model

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2024 NBA playoff picks, Game 4 best bets from proven model

After losing the first two games of the series in Cleveland, the Orlando Magic will look to tie up their Eastern Conference first-round matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers when they meet in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series on Saturday. The 4-seed Cavaliers (48-34) are 22-20 on the road this season, including in the 2024 NBA playoffs. The Magic (47-35), the No. 5 seed, have dominated on their home floor, posting a 30-12 mark this year, including postseason. Orlando defeated Cleveland 121-83 on Thursday in Game 3.

The game from Kia Center in Orlando, Fla., will tip off at 1 p.m. ET. Cleveland averaged 112.6 points per game during the regular season, 20th-best, while Orlando averaged 110.5, 24th-best. Orlando is a 2.5-point favorite in the latest Cavaliers vs. Magic odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 202. Before making any Magic vs. Cavaliers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer 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 enters the second week of the 2024 NBA playoffs on a sizzling 90-58 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $2,800. Anyone following the model has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Cavs vs. Magic and just locked in its picks and Game 4 predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Magic vs. Cavs:

Cavaliers vs. Magic spread: Orlando -2.5
Cavaliers vs. Magic over/under: 202 points
Cavaliers vs. Magic money line: Cleveland +113, Orlando -134
CLE: Has hit the 4Q game total under in 47 of its last 76 games (+15.90 units)
ORL: Has won 30 of its last 42 games at home (+17.35 units on ML)
Cavaliers vs. Magic picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Magic can cover
Shooting guard Jalen Suggs found his rhythm in Game 3, scoring a career playoff-high 24 points, while adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals. He had nine points, six rebounds and five assists in Game 2, after opening the series with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. Suggs has come on of late as over the past 10 games, he is averaging 14.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds. During that stretch, he connected on 53.8% of his field goals, including 41.9% from 3-point range.

Second-year player Paolo Banchero continues his steady improvement. After averaging 20 points in 70 starts in 2022-23, he has upped his game further and finished this past regular season with a 22.6-point average in 80 starts. In the postseason, he has been dominant, averaging 25.3 points, eight rebounds and 4.3 assists. In the three playoff games, he has led or tied the team in scoring three times. See which team to pick here.

Why the Cavaliers can cover
Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell will look to get back in the groove, after scoring 30 points in the opener and just missing a double-double with 23 points and eight rebounds in Game 2. During the regular season, Mitchell dominated the Magic, averaging 27.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals in 34.7 minutes. He was held to 13 points in Game 3, but still managed seven assists and five rebounds. In 55 regular season games, all starts, Mitchell averaged a team-high 26.6 points, 6.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 35.3 minutes.

Also helping power Cleveland is center Jarrett Allen. In three postseason starts, he is averaging 15.7 points, 15.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in 32.7 minutes. Allen is coming off respectable numbers in Game 3, with 15 points and eight boards. But he was a big reason for the Cavaliers’ 96-86 Game 2 victory. Not only did he score 16 points, but he dominated the boards, registering 20 rebounds. He had 16 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1. See which team to pick here.

How to make Magic vs. Cavaliers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 205 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60% of simulations. You can see the picks only at SportsLine.

So who wins Cavaliers vs. Magic, and which side of the spread hits well over 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Magic vs. Cavaliers spread you need to jump on, all from the model on a 90-58 roll on top-rated NBA picks this season, and find out.

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