Two teams sitting outside the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Orlando Magic (30-36), are hosting the Dallas Mavericks (27-37), with both teams having lost their last two and three games respectively and are looking to bounce back in this game.
Date/Time: 03-08-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Orlando Magic -7
Orlando Magic have a 30-36 record (35-30-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Hornets in the 9th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Sixers with a 106-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Vucevic with 20.6 ppg, adding 3.9 dimes and a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Aaron Gordon with 16 ppg, 3.6 dimes and 7.4 boards per game.
Dallas Mavericks have a 27-37 record (35-28-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the West. They have lost eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Wizards with a 123-132 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 21 ppg, adding 7.3 boards and 5.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 15.5 ppg and 3.2 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Mavericks won at home with a 101-76 score. Magic have a 15-16 home record, while the Mavericks are 6-26 on the road. Mavericks are better offensively, scoring 108.2 ppg to Magic’s 105.9, while Magic are better defensively, allowing 106.8 ppg to Mavs’ 109.8 ppg. Magic have better percentages both in field goals (45.2% to 44.5%) and in 3-pointers (35.3% to 34.2%). Magic are better both in turnovers committed (12.8 to 14.4) and in dimes made (25 to 22.7), while Mavericks are better in boards grabbed (45.1 to 44.6). Magic are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -7 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a weak on the road Mavericks team.
Dallas Mavericks vs Orlando Magic Prediction: Orlando Magic -7 (-108)
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