Mavericks vs. Magic Prediction
Will the Orlando Magic continue their playoff push at home tonight when they host the Dallas Mavericks at 7PM ET?
553 Dallas Mavericks vs. 554 Orlando Magic
Friday, March 8, 2019
7PM ET – Amway Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Magic are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Mavericks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 213.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 51 percent going on the Mavericks on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Mavericks on massive skid
Dallas is coming off a 132-123 loss at Washington on Wednesday. The Mavericks have lost and failed to cover the spread in eight of their last nine games. Dallas is 27-37 on the season, 6-26 on the road, 35-28-1 against the spread and 35-28-1 with the under.
The Mavericks have struggled on offense this season, averaging just 108.2 points per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field. Defensively, Dallas is giving up just 109.8 points per game while opponents shoot 46.1 percent against them. Maxi Kleber is questionable for tonight’s game with a knee injury. Luka Doncic is leading the team with 21 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game while Tim Hardaway Jr. is adding 15.5 points per contest.
Magic drop two straight
Orlando is coming off a 114-106 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The Magic have lost and failed to cover in their last two as they try to contend for the final playoff spot in the East. Orlando is 30-36 overall, 15-16 at home, 35-30-1 against the spread and 37-29 with the under.
The Magic are a solid defensive team, giving up just 106.8 points per game while holding opponents to 45.4 percent shooting. Offensively. Orlando is putting up 105.9 points per game while shooting 45.2 percent as a team. Nikola Vucevic is leading the team with 20.6 points and 12.0 rebounds per game while Aaron Gordon is adding 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Mavericks are 6-18-2 against the spread in their last 26 Friday games and 0-5 ATS in their last five road games.
The Magic are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, but just 7-20 ATS in their last 27 Friday games.
The Mavericks are an odd team that have struggled to score some nights and struggled to stop teams other nights. Tonight Dallas faces a good Orlando defense. The Magic are strong at holding back their opponents. I think their defense swarms this limited Dallas offense tonight. The Magic still have something to play for while the Mavericks are clearly in tank mode at this point.
NBA Prediction: Orlando Magic -7