Monta Ellis and company continue their push towards the playoffs as the Dallas Mavericks ( 43-25 SU, 31-35-2 ATS ) currently rank fifth in the Western Conference standings. They will look to pad their record on Wednesday night as they host the Orlando Magic ( 21-47 SU, 35-32-1 ATS ) in a battle against the NBA spread on ESPN from the American Airlines Center.
Dallas Mavericks host struggling Orlando Magic on ESPN Wednesday
Written by Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC
Having dropped four straight and eight of their last ten, the Orlando Magic will look to get back into the win column against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Look to BookMaker Sportsbook to give you all the stats and trends you need to know to get you back in the win column as well against the NBA spread.
History is on Dallas’ side as the Mavericks host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
Not only are the Magic struggling overall, but the Mavericks have had their number in the recent past, beating them and the NBA spread in six straight games, including their only matchup this season.
That head-to-head battle came back in January when Dallas handily beat Orlando and the 8-point spread by a 108-93 final.
Center Nikola Vucevic put up 17 points and 16 rebounds in the loss for the Magic.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks got their own double-double from Monta Ellis who recorded 25 points and 13 assists. Center Tyson Chandler also added 20 points while six different Dallas players registered double-digits, including 12-points from Devin Harris.
Harris likely will not be quite as big of a factor on Wednesday as he is dealing with an illness that caused him to leave Monday’s game after just over eight minutes and no points.
If Harris cannot go, it will not be that big of a loss, particularly since the acquisition of Rajon Rondo from Boston. Since the trade back in December, Rondo has played in 33 games for the Mavs and averaged 9.2 points and 6.3 assists per game.
Rondo’s 9.2 points per game still ranks him just sixth overall on the Mavs in scoring as five different players are all averaging at least 10.3 points per game with Ellis leading the way at 19.2.
The depth of offensive talent is quite clear for Dallas when you look at their team stats, which has them ranked third in the NBA in scoring at 104.8 points per game.
Interestingly, despite the team’s strong offense, they’ve failed to top 94 points in three of their last four games, with the ‘under’ paying out in two of those three and in 11 straight before the offense began to come back around in the team’s last few games.
Back on Friday, the Mavs hung a 129 spot on the Los Angeles Clippers and followed that up with a 119-115 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, though as 6-point favorites, Dallas fell to the NBA betting spread for the seventh time in nine games on Monday.
On the other side of the court, the Magic have actually been a bit better than the Mavericks ATS, though the same is definitely not true from an outright standpoint.
Heading into Tuesday, the Magic have lost four straight games and eight of 10, but are just 5-5 ATS in those 10 tilts.
On the year, neither offense nor defense has been particularly strong for Orlando as the team ranks 25th in both categories. The offense had been particularly shaky of late, but after just 88.3 points per game over their previous three games, the Magic put up 108 against Cleveland on Sunday.
Regardless, Orlando still managed to record the loss against the closing 10.5-point NBA spread, giving up 123 to the Cavs as they allowed Cleveland to shoot 59.2 percent from the floor, more than enough to overcome 25 points from Victor Oladipo and double-doubles form Elfrid Payton and Vucevic.
NBA Prediction – Despite a clear lack of success SU this season, the Magic have actually been better ATS than the Mavericks, both on the season and of late. Given that, I am going with Orlando to beat the NBA spread on Wednesday despite them dropping their last six ATS in games versus Dallas.
The road team is 17-4 ATS in the last 21 games between these two teams and Orlando is 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record over .600.
The Magic are also 5-1 ATS in their last six against the Western Conference while Dallas is merely 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, particularly struggling in the last few against the lesser teams in the league.
Take the Magic to beat the Spread on the Road