|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Mavericks of Dallas are going to Disney World tonight to meet the host Orlando Magic at the Amway Center, beginning at 8:00ET. The game can be seen as the first half of a doubleheader on ESPN.
Dallas makes the short trip north from South Beach after a disappointing performance against the Miami Heat last night in a repeat of the 2011 NBA Finals. Even with owner Mark Cuban sitting behind their bench the Mavericks were no match for the Heats stifling defense. Had it not been for decent three point shooting by the Mavs, this would have been a bigger blowout than the 106-85 final score indicates.
While hitting 9 of 24 from beyond the arc, they shot just 42 percent from the field overall. Most of that can be attributed to always reliable, Dirk Nowitzki, who topped all scorers with 25 points. The Heat grabbed 44 boards to the Mavericks 29. The big three of Miami coasted along offensively with LeBron James and Chris Bosh putting in 19 points each and Dwayne Wade contributing only 16.
Dallas (29-23), is percentage points behind Memphis for fifth place in the Western Conference, one game behind the fourth place Clippers for fourth and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They are just 10-15 on the road.
The Magic are attempting to come back from a disappointing loss of their own on Wednesday. After scoring a season best 117 points in their win at Toronto, they laid an egg in the Big Apple going down to the Knicks 108-86, ending a three game winning streak. Dwight Howard seemed disinterested in this visit to New York scoring a mere 12 points and only grabbing 5 rebounds.
Orlando has literally been up and down of late, posting a 4-4 record in their last eight. They have been held to less than 70 points four times this year including two sub 60 point outcomes. With all this, they are still resting comfortably in third place with a 32-19 record and are 18-8 at home.
Orlando has been kind to Dallas as the Mavs have won the last five in a row played here. Even with the Mavericks past success here in basketball betting, Orlando has been installed as a 5.5 point home favorite on a $110/$100 moneyline. Another $110 will be required to wager on the over/under of 186.5 points.