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Only one more quarter stands between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the win they were favored to collect going into this night. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Orlando Magic 81-69.
Center Jarrett Allen has led the way so far for Cleveland, as he has posted a double-double on 17 points and ten rebounds in addition to two blocks. This makes it three consecutive games in which Allen has had at least ten rebounds.
Power forward Wendell Carter Jr. (13 points) and center Robin Lopez (13 points) have been the top scorers for Orlando. Robin Lopez does need to be careful, however, as he is in foul trouble with four.
Orlando @ Cleveland
Current Records: Orlando 4-16; Cleveland 9-10
The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t won a game against the Orlando Magic since March 3 of 2019, but they’ll be looking to end the drought this past Saturday. Cleveland will take on Orlando at 8 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse after having had a few days off. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this contest.
It looks like the Cavaliers got the smaller half of the wishbone at Thanksgiving dinner. They were within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap this past Wednesday as they fell 120-115 to the Phoenix Suns. Point guard Ricky Rubio wasn’t much of a difference maker for Cleveland; Rubio played for 29 minutes with 5-for-20 shooting.
Meanwhile,’s it’s hard to picture a worse defeat than the 123-88 bruising that Orlando suffered against the Chicago Bulls this past Friday. Orlando was down 90-69 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Power forward Wendell Carter Jr. put forth a good effort for the losing side as he dropped a double-double on 26 points and ten rebounds. That makes it three consecutive games in which Carter Jr. has had at least ten rebounds. Carter Jr.’s points were the most he has had all year.
The Cavaliers are the favorite in this one, with an expected 10-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a two-game streak of ATS wins.
The losses put Cleveland at 9-10 and the Magic at 4-16. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Cleveland comes into the matchup boasting the fewest fouls per game in the league at 16.1. On the other end of the spectrum, Orlando is fifth worst in the league in fouls per game, with 20.3 on average. Keep an eye on whether or not foul trouble puts Orlando in a difficult position.
The Cavaliers are a big 10-point favorite against the Magic, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Cavaliers, as the game opened with the Cavaliers as a 7.5-point favorite.
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Cleveland and Orlando both have ten wins in their last 20 games.
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Argentina: Codere Introduces Zitro’s LOTBA-Approved Online Games – GamblingNews.com
Global gaming industry provider, Zitro, announced on Thursday that its online subsidiary Zitro Digital expanded its presence in the Latin American region.
Zitro Digital revealed that its portfolio of digital games is available for the first time within the jurisdiction of the City of Buenos Aires, thanks to a deal with Codere Group. As a result, players can enjoy the highly-popular Video Bingo games, as well as the famous progressive multigame Pick & Win.
To complete the deal, Zitro received approval from the gaming regulator of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires called Loteria de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Sociedad del Estado (LOTBA). As a result, the company’s digital games were approved for casinos licensed within the jurisdiction. The company’s games have been highly successful for years throughout land-based casinos. However, now, players in the autonomous city of Buenos Aires can enjoy those games via desktop PC, tablet, or mobile devices.
The latest move complements Zitro’s ongoing expansion in Argentina. Besides the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, back in December, the company increased its presence in the country by completing three casino installations. As a result, Zitro’s highly popular games and cabinets were introduced to three venues in the Mendoza region.
Besides Latin America, Zitro’s games are also popular in Europe. In fact, last month, Zitro’s most popular games were introduced to more Barrière Group venues in France. Consequently, the top-performing Link Me and Link King games were introduced to more Barrière Group venues.
Zitro’s Regional Director for Latin America, Alejandra Burato, deemed the company’s steady growth as an outstanding achievement. Moreover, she acknowledged that the growth helps pave the way for Zitro to enter new jurisdictions in Argentina and around the globe. Burato revealed that creating a “product that is as successful and profitable to operators as our land-based games” is the main goal for Zitro. She explained that after the team’s hard work the company is proud to see this goal become reality.
“It is an outstanding achievement to watch Zitro Digital growing steadily and opening the way to new online casino markets not only in Argentina but across all continents.”
Moreover, Burato said that receiving approval by the LOTBA is an important step for the expansion of Zitro Digital. She added that Zitro is grateful for Codere Group’s trust. In conclusion, Burato said that the company is “excited about adding new game titles soon.”
“We are convinced that players will enjoy the same success in the online channel and that it will support our omnichannel growth strategy.”
Codere online’s regional director, Salo Leder, added that bringing world-class entertainment for its clients in Argentina is a key priority for the company. He acknowledged that this partnership brings a “broad portfolio of online video bingo and Zitro video slots games,” which have already proved to be successful at brick-and-mortar casinos. In conclusion, Leder predicted that the same success will be observed within the online channel, which will further help Codere grow.
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When asked about whether or not he was concerned about how he was affecting console availability for other people, Bayliss told Kotaku: “It does not concern me because we aren’t decreasing the overall supply. Every console is still in circulation. The exact same number of people can play next generation games. Our subscribers are able to sell these rapidly so they filter back into circulation quickly for gamers to use, the fact that average marketplace cost of consoles is increasing doesn’t stop people purchasing.” So there you have it: console prices will likely remain high because people can’t stop buying from scalpers.”
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