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Cavs rare underdog in NBA odds, Magic great bet?

Cleveland has only been an underdog three times since Nov. 19 and they won outright twice. They are on the wrong side of NBA odds tonight in Orlando too, but the Magic has owned them against the spread.

NBA odds - Cleveland Cavaliers +4 (35-8) at Orlando Magic -4 (34-10)

Tonight the Cavaliers play the Magic in a matchup two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are hot as each is 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Magic can really prove they are a legit threat in the East with a home win over the Cavaliers, who have the best record in the NBA.

They also boast a 7-1 ATS mark in the past 8 games against Cleveland.

Can Dwight Howard and the Magic stop LeBron and the Cavs, who have the league’s best defense? LeBron does not need to do it all himself any more, as Mo Williams is having a great year as a second scoring option.

Howard has to have a good game down low, so Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson, and Mickael Pietrus can have open looks from downtown.

NHL odds - New Jersey Devils +140 (30-15) at Boston Bruins -160 (35-8)

When bettors talk about NHL value bets, this is what they are talking about – a red-hot team, winners of 6 straight on the road visiting a team with some injury woes. The All-Star break is over and its time to get back on the ice and the Devils look like good line value at +140 in Boston.

The Bruins currently are tied with the San Jose Sharks for the most points in the NHL (75).

These 2 teams have some of the better odds at bodog to win the Stanley Cup this year, as the Bruins are at 7/1 and the Devils are at 13/1. To look at a full list of the Stanley Cup futures, you can see them all here:

The Bruins have the best goal differential in the league (1.35) and are averaging the second most goals per game (3.5). For the Devils to win this game goalie Scott Clemmensen (6th in the league in GAA at 2.25) will have to have a solid game between the pipes and the Devils’ defense will have step up against the high-flying Bruins’ offense.

Friday NHL and NBA Odds

Check the odds on these games Friday.

NBA odds - Boston Celtics (38-9) at Detroit Pistons (25-19)

After a slump after losing to the Lakers on Christmas the Celtics are back to their winning ways, as they have won 9 straight games. The Pistons are in a current slump, as they are only 3-7 in their last 10 games.

It does not look as if Allen Iverson is the Answer the Pistons were looking for, as they are just over .500 since trading for him.

For the Pistons to have any chance in this game Rasheed Wallace will have to have a good game scoring and play good defense against Kevin Garnett. The Pistons’ defense also has play good perimeter defense on the long bombers of Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.

The Pistons really need to win this game, not so much to climb the standings, but to gain confidence and prove they are still a force to deal with in the Eastern Conference.

NHL odds - Minnesota Wild (24-20) at Edmonton Oilers (24-20)

Even though there are many games left in the second-half of the NHL season every Western Conference game is huge for these two teams. Currently these two teams have 51 points and if the season ended today they would be the last 2 seeds in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Oilers are a higher scoring team, but they also give up more goals per game and have a negative goal differential (-0.30), while the Wild are in the positive (+0.28).

Wild Goalie Niklas Backstrom (4th in the league in wins with 23) has been great this year and how he plays the second-half will determine if the Wild will make the post season.

The Oilers’ defense has been disappointing this season and they need to play well against a Wild offense that plays great as a team.