#CavsMagic Game Preview - January 6, 2018

Amway Center at 7:00 p.m. ET

Game Summary

The Cavaliers (25-13) continue their five-game roadie with a stop in the Sunshine State on Saturday as they battle the Southeast Division's Orlando Magic (12-27). Tipoff from the Amway Center is at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

Despite dropping their last matchup with the Boston Celtics, 102-88, the Cavaliers still own the best record in the NBA since November 11 at 20-6 (.769).

One of the biggest factors that have contributed to the Cavs' success since early November has to be the excellent production coming from the club's reserves. The Wine & Gold's bench is currently averaging 50.0 points over the last three games. On the season, the reserves are averaging a franchise-record 40.6 points (fifth in NBA).

Two of the Cavs' reserve players, Jeff Green and Kyle Korver, have become fan favorites thanks to their willingness to step up in crucial situations. Green has scored in double figures in three straight games, averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.3 blocks in 26.3 minutes, while also shooting .920 (23-25) from the free throw line over that stretch. Korver, on the other hand, has made a team-high 93 three pointers, which rank second among all NBA bench players.

Cleveland has also excelled from the charity stripe so far this season. The Cavs are shooting .811 from the free throw line this season, which ranks 2nd in the NBA. At Boston on Wednesday, Cleveland shot a perfect 18-18 from the charity stripe, which was the second time the Cavs have gone perfect from the foul line in 2017-18 (17-17 FT at MIL, 10/20). Prior to this season, the last time they made at least 17 free throws without a miss was Dec. 17, 1987 when they shot a franchise-best 22-22 from the foul line.

Moving on to Saturday's matchup, the Cavs will be looking for a bounce back win when they take on the Orlando Magic, who have lost 13 of their last 15 contests, including three straight.

Despite their struggles this season, the Magic do have a win against the Cavs under their belts after topping Cleveland back on October 21. In the 114-93 win, six Orlando players tallied double-digit points with big man Nikola Vucevic leading the way with 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.

If the Magic want to snag a second straight win over the Cavaliers, they will look for that same level of scoring consistency. In their most recent loss to the Houston Rockets, the Magic had a number of scorers (five) score in double digits, this time with forward Aaron Gordon tallying 16 points. Elfrid Payton followed with 14.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#3 - Isaiah Thomas

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#0 - Kevin Love

#2 - Elfrid Payton

#10 - Evan Fournier

#17 - Jonathan Simmons

#00 - Aaron Gordon

#11 - Bismack Biyombo

Status Update: (Cavs) - Derrick Rose, (Left ankle sprain, Out), Iman Shumpert, (Left knee effusion, Out)

Status Update: (Magic) - Jonathan Isaac, (Sore right ankle, Out), Terrence Ross, (Sprained right MCL/non-displaced fracture of right tibial plateau, Out), Nikola Vucevic, (Fractured second metacarpal, left hand, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

Despite dropping their last matchup with the Magic this season, the Cavaliers have excelled against Orlando in seasons past. In fact, the Wine & Gold have won 17 of 18 against their Saturday night opponent including eight straight at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando.

In those last eight road games versus Orlando, the Cavs have outscored the Magic by an average of 16.4 points (112.9 -96.5), while shooting .514 from the field (.427 3FG%) and dishing out 25.0 assists. Cleveland has shot at least .500 from the field in each of the last four games in Orlando.

The last time the Cavs faced the Magic at the Amway Center, Kia's Eastern Conference Player of the Month LeBron James posted a triple-double (24 PTS, 12 REB, 12 AST, 8-14 FG, 38 MIN) in a, 116-104, win on March 11, 2017.

Saturday's matchup between the Cavs and Magic is the second of a four-game season series. They'll meet again on Thursday, January 18 in The Land before rounding out their series on February 6 in Orlando.


On Deck

Following the Wine & Gold's stop in Florida, they club will head north into the frigid tundra of Minnesota on Monday to battle the Timberwolves at the Target Center at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The Cavs will then hop on over the border for a contest with the Toronto Raptors (Jan. 11) followed by a dual with the Indiana Pacers (Jan. 12) to round out the club's longest road trip of the season. The Cavaliers will then return to Cleveland on January 15 for a rematch with the Golden State Warriors. Tipoff from The Q is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (ET).

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#CavsMagic Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from Orlando to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Magic on Saturday.

Cavs at Magic - January 6, 2018

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#CavsMagic Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from Orlando to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Magic on Saturday.
Jan 7, 2018  |  05:41

#CavsMagic Postgame: Kevin Love - January 6, 2018

Cavaliers center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Saturday's 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
Jan 7, 2018  |  03:04

#CavsMagic Postgame: Dwyane Wade - January 6, 2018

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media following Saturday's 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
Jan 7, 2018  |  03:01

#CavsMagic Postgame: Isaiah Thomas - January 6, 2018

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with the media following Saturday's 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
Jan 6, 2018  |  06:24

#CavsMagic Postgame: Cedi Osman - January 6, 2018

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Saturday's 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
Jan 6, 2018  |  02:16

#CavsMagic Postgame: LeBron James - January 6, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Saturday's 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
Jan 6, 2018  |  05:15

#CavsMagic Postgame: Coach Lue - January 6, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Saturday's 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
Jan 6, 2018  |  03:24

#CavsMagic On-Court Postgame: Kevin Love - January 6, 2018

Cavaliers center Kevin Love spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Saturday's 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
Jan 6, 2018  |  02:27

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 131, Magic 127

LeBron James scores 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 9 assists as the Cavs beat the Magic, 131-127.
Jan 6, 2018  |  02:15

Featured Highlight: LBJ Puts Magic on a Poster

LeBron James puts the Magic on a poster with this soaring slam.
Jan 6, 2018  |  00:20

DWade with the Hoop and the Harm

Dwyane Wade gets to the bucket and finishes the hoop and the harm.
Jan 6, 2018  |  00:09

Cavs Catch Fire in the 3Q

The Wine & Gold build their lead against the Magic with a downtown display in the third quarter.
Jan 6, 2018  |  01:21

LBJ Throws the Hammer Down

LeBron James dashes past the Magic defense for the rim-rocking slam.
Jan 6, 2018  |  00:18

Tristan Strong with the And-One Slam

Isaiah Thomas throws the nice pocket pass to Tristan Thompson who deposits the dunk, plus the foul.
Jan 6, 2018  |  00:17

DWade with the Lob to TT

The Wine & Gold get out on the break as Dwyane Wade throws the high-handoff to Tristan Thompson for the alley-oop flush.
Jan 6, 2018  |  00:09

Tristan with the Putback Slam

Tristan Thompson crashes the offensive glass for the putback finish in this Goodyear 'More Driven' highlight.
Jan 6, 2018  |  00:19

LBJ Finishes Through Contact

LeBron James barrels down the floor, draws the contact and finishes through the foul for the and-one opportunity.
Jan 6, 2018  |  00:16

I.T.'s Perfect Lead to Pass to LBJ

Isaiah Thomas gathers the loose ball and alertly throws it ahead to LeBron James for the fastbreak flush.
Jan 6, 2018  |  00:09

I.T. Drops Dime to Crowder

Isaiah Thomas finds a cutting Jae Crowder and throws him the pretty pass for the easy layup.
Jan 6, 2018  |  00:08

#CavsMagic Shootaround: LeBron James - January 6, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media prior to Saturday's shootaround in Orlando.
Jan 6, 2018  |  04:01

#CavsMagic Shootaround: Coach Lue - January 6, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media prior to Saturday's shootaround in Orlando.
Jan 6, 2018  |  02:05

I.T. on Getting the Start Against the Magic

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with the media following Friday's practice in Orlando.
Jan 5, 2018  |  05:35

DRose Gives an Update on His Status

Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose spoke with the media following Friday's practice in Orlando.
Jan 5, 2018  |  02:51

#CavsMagic Practice: Coach Lue - January 5, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Friday's practice in Orlando.
Jan 5, 2018  |  05:50