Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks - 3/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (26-32) at Dallas Mavericks (32-28)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and the Orlando Magic do battle at the American Airlines Center tonight.
The Magic have won five of their last nine games and will be feeling pretty good after blowing past the 76ers by 130-116 at home on Sunday. Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo led the team with 28 points each while Aaron Gordon added 22 points as the Magic took the game away from the 76ers right from the tipoff, storming out to lead by 77-51 at halftime before cruising in the second half. You wouldn't think that the Magic are a chance to make the playoffs but they now have a record of 26-32 which leaves them just four games out of the eighth spot in a very congested Eastern Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Mavericks have won three of their last four games and will be aiming for a third straight win after making light work of the Timberwolves in a 128-101 win on Sunday. Chandler Parsons continued his strong form with 29 points on 10 of 15 shooting, Wesley Matthews added 15 points while five more players finished in double figures as the Mavs cruised to an easy win, improving their record to 32-28 which is good enough for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall, while the Mavs are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Magic are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall but a healthy 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Dallas.
These two teams met just over a week ago back on Feb 19 and it was the Magic who won by 110-104 in overtime at home so the Mavs will be hungry for revenge and I think they've been playing well enough to warrant a play on them at home.