Orlando Magic: Can They Finish Off the Cavs?

ctsports picksAnalyst IMay 27, 2009

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It's pretty unbelievable that less than two weeks ago Cleveland was odds on favorite to win the Eastern Conference Championship. Since then they have been dominated in every aspect and now are down 3-1 to the Orlando Magic.

Sports Handicapper Craig Trapp from CT Sports Picks had given a free sports pick in Game One that Orlando might not lose against the spread in this series, and so far his prediction has come true. Only one miracle shot in Game Two from LeBron James has kept Orlando Magic from sweeping the heavily favored Cavaliers.

Oddsmakers have made the adjustment in this series and now game five in Cleveland sees the Cavs as a minus-four point favorite. That is a huge adjustment from Games One and Two when the Cavs were favored by minus-10 in Game One and minus-eight in Game Two.

The sharp sports handicappers and public have been all over Orlando Magic in this series, but the majority of the public has been placing heavy money ATS on Cleveland. Sportsbooks have really cleaned up in this series, with over 60 percent of the public betting on the Cavs ATS in this series.

The Orlando Magic has made Cleveland's league-leading defense look very poor so far in this series. Most predicted that this series would be a ton of under totals, but thus far the over is 3-1 and the only loss was under by one point.

Now the series is going back to Cleveland where they usually play much better defense. It will be interesting to see how high the listed total will be. If Orlando wins you have to love the over as every game they have one the over has won easily.

Cleveland will win Game Five to keep this series interesting, but it would be surprising if they win against the spread. This year Orlando is five to two straight up against Cleveland but an even better 7-0 ATS.

It's pretty hard to go against the hot trend, but either way I can't wait to see if Orlando can finish off one of the bigger upsets in recent NBA Playoff history


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