Magic vs. Mavericks Pick

NBA Predictions: Will Magic, Mavericks run past total? 1/9/18

Are the Orlando Magic and host Dallas Mavericks going to entertain the fans with a high-scoring affair tonight at 8:30PM ET?

Who Oddsmakers Like: According to oddsmakers at, 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.

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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.


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