On January 22 at Kia Center, the Cleveland Cavaliers (25-15) will take on the Orlando Magic (23-20) in an attempt to extend their current 7-game winning streak.
The Magic defeated the Miami Heat 105-87 in their last game thanks to a strong defensive performance. Their record now stands at 23 wins, 20 defeats, and they are only 1 game behind Miami, who is in 6th place. In his final game, Franz Wagner, the German who leads the league in scoring, returned to the Magic and scored 19 points in 28 minutes of action on 6 of thirteen shots. The true hero of the show, though, was Orlando’s defense, which limited Miami to just 37.5% overall shooting from the field. Orlando ranks 4th in adjusted defensive rating this season, demonstrating that defense has been the team’s key to success. The Magic will now want to win two straight games as they try to stop a run where they have lost 5 of their previous 7.
The Cavaliers are in form after defeating the Atlanta Hawks 116-95 in their last game. Cleveland, who now have a 25-15 record and are 4th in the East, won for the 7th straight game. During their current winning run, the Cavs have won a number of blowouts, the most notable of which being a 135-95 triumph against the Bucks. This could turn out to be another defensive struggle along the lines of Orlando’s matchup with the Heat. Only 3 teams, including Cleveland, have an adjusted defensive rating higher than the Magic’s. The Cavs’ defense allows just 110.0 points per game on average, which is 2nd-best in the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster is riddled with injuries, so they are depending on defense to get them through. Despite being without Darius Garland and Evan Mobley for several weeks, they have emerged as the NBA’s hottest squad.
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic Game Information
- Date: 01/22/2024
- Time: 07:10 PM ET
- Location: Kia Center.
- How to Watch Cavaliers vs Magic: TNT
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass