Dallas Mavericks vs. Orlando Magic - 3/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (21-47) at Dallas Mavericks (43-25)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -12 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Orlando Magic tonight at the American Airlines Center.
The Orlando Magic have lost nine of their last 11 and will be looking to avoid a sixth straight loss after getting run down by the Rockets in a 107-94 defeat last night. Victor Oladipo led the scoring with 29 points but had next to no help as the Magic battled tooth and nail with the Rockets until the fourth quarter where they got ambushed by 30-16. To add insult to injury, Tobias Harris sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return which leaves him as questionable for tonight's game.
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Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have won three of their last four and are coming off a 119-115 win over the surging Thunder thanks to a balanced scoring effort. Chandler Parsons led the way with 31 points on 10 of 14 shooting, Monta Ellis added 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points as the Mavs erased a 15-point deficit to take down the in-form Thunder and claim a second marquee win after routing the Clippers on Friday. For a while, the Mavs were sputtering as a team on offense, but they've looked seriously good in their last two games and it's been Parsons who has been the spark plug for them, scoring a total of 53 points in his last two games while shooting over 69.2 percent.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 1- 4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Mavs are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 0-4 TS in their last four games following a win.
Head to head, the Magic are 0-6 ATS in the last six meetings overall but a healthy 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Dallas.
The Mavs look to have turned over a new leaf at this late stage of the regular season, so I'm looking for them to take advantage of a shorthanded Magic team and go on with another impressive win tonight.