Magic vs. Mavericks Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Mavericks are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 214 points. The spread has gone up after Dallas opened as a 5.5-point fave, while the over-under has remained steady.
Who the Public Likes: As of Tuesday afternoon, 63 percent of public bets have been placed on the Mavericks.
Injury Report: Magic guard/forward Jonathon Simmons missed the last game with back spasms and is questionable tonight. Center Nikola Vucevic is out indefinitely with a broken hand. Jonathan Isaac is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Terrence Ross is out indefinitely as he recovers from a sprained MCL. For the Mavericks, Josh McRoberts has yet to play this season with a knee issue and it is undetermined whether he will play tonight. Dorian Finney-Smith has lingering tendinitis in his quad and without a timetable for his return. Nerlens Noel is out until early February after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb. Seth Curry is recovering from a stress reaction in his leg and without a timetable for his return.
Who the Trends Like: Orlando is 1-4 ATS in its last five meetings in Dallas. The over is 18-6 in the last 24 meetings overall and 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings in Dallas.
Who We Like: If I had to make a spread pick, I'd probably side with the Magic as the spread seems a bit high. But instead, it is the total that interests me. Orlando doesn't really bother to play any defense and the Mavericks have shown the ability to play up-tempo games and score plenty the last couple of weeks. Orlando should be able to pile up the points, but don't expect many stops. Go with the over here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MAGIC/MAVERICS OVER 214