Magic vs. Mavericks 10/24/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction
Dallas Mavericks at Orlando Magic
Friday October 24
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The Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic finish their preseason with a Friday night matchup at the Amway Center.
With a loss on Thursday to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Dallas Mavericks fall to 3-4 in the preseason. With the regular season right around the corner, the Mavs gave some of their key guys such as Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler a rest in Thursday’s loss. Dirk Nowitzki has also missed two of the Mavericks last three games, but he’s expected to see almost regular season minutes in this matchup. The Dallas Mavericks have been playing some solid basketball and have been getting contributions from some of the other players like Jae Crowder and Richard Jefferson. Once again, the Mavericks are going to be a team to watch this season and a squad you could make some serious money on in underdog roles.
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Even with back-to-back losses, the Orlando Magic are 4-3 in the preseason and will play their second straight home game. The Magic are a very young squad that’s just trying to figure out what they have at the moment. Rookie Aaron Gordon is 8-17 from the field in his last two games and has 12 rebounds. The other rookie in Elfrid Payton has 14 points and 17 assists in his last three games. Both of those guys have a bright future and give Orlando Magic fans something to be positive about heading forward. One of the few veterans Orlando has is Ben Gordon, and he’s 9-18 from the field in his last two games. It’s going to be a bumpy regular season, but the Orlando Magic have some some things in the preseason and may be a fun team to watch at times.
I'm still not sure how long the Mavericks are going to play their veteran players. The Magic are young, athletic and that should help pay off here.