2019-20 NBA – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic taking place? Thursday 24th October, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic taking place? Amway Center

What television channel is Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Cleveland Cavaliers 91 – 120 Orlando Magic

THE TEAM NEWS

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

  • The Cavaliers had a poor season in their first after the second departure of LeBron James, as they finished with a 19-63 record – the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference, bested only by the New York Knicks.
  • Cleveland lost J.R. Smith and Nik Stauskas during the offseason and didn’t make many notable additions with the exception of Darius Garland, the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • There should not be much hype and expectation for what the Cavaliers can do this season. They are in Year 2 of what is going to be a long rebuilding effort, so they are not even thinking about reaching the playoffs yet. Right now, their goal is to develop their young players and stockpile assets for the future.

ORLANDO MAGIC

  • The Magic ended their playoff drought last season as they ended the 2018-19 campaign in seventh place of the Eastern Conference thanks to a 42-40 record. However, their stance in the playoffs was quite short since they suffered a first-round exit at the hands of the Toronto Raptors (1-4).
  • Orlando lost several players to free agency although none of Troy Caupain, Jerian Grant, Jarell Martin and Timofey Mozgov played a big role, while they bolstered their defense with the addition of Al-Farouq Aminu. Their main goal was to extend the contract of Nikola Vucevic, something they did in the first day of free agency.
  • The Magic are in a crossroads entering next season, though. They maintain their same core for the 2019-20 season and while they made the playoffs last season, The East is far stronger this campaign. Regardless, Orlando should be in the mix for a playoff spot this year if things go their way.

THE PREDICTION

The Cavaliers enter this new season without much pressure and knowing they continue to play for the future. Meanwhile, the Magic will probably try to start their season at home with a good performance, something they should do considering they have the better roster in this matchup. Expect the Magic to be strong favourites – and likely winners – here.

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