The Cavaliers win if…
Entering Monday night the Cavaliers are allowing the 19th most fast break points in the league, allowing 15.1 per game. While this has been problematic all season long, Monday night the Cavs may have an advantage, as the Magic are 26th in the league in points off the break.
Defense has been an issue all season long, and transition defense isn’t the only area of concern, but it may be the easiest to fix. Coach Drew spoke about this Sunday, “We are giving up so many easy baskets. I think it’s changing the responsibility and I think it’s the mentality, understanding what you need to do on the raise of the shot. That is the key. On the raise of the shot, if there’s not a reaction, chances are we are going to be at a disadvantage going the other way. If you’re late then that’s where we get in trouble.”
Magic win if…
The formula for Orlando to win is very similar to the one that has worked all season against Cleveland, have them beat themselves. The Cavs and Magic are about even when it comes to talent, but the Cavaliers are prone to beating themselves.
If Orlando is able to force Cleveland into bad shots and selfish play they should be able to be victorious. The Magic are all too familiar with the situation the Cavs find themselves in, expect a hungry team to come out against the Cavs.
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