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Mavericks vs Magic Betting Odds – Magic will win, Mavs will cover

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/18/2010 1:39:21 PM

NBA Odds: Pick Mavs to cover; Magic to win

The Mavericks vs Magic betting odds sets up an interesting cross-conference matchup between two teams in the thick of the playoff race. The Mavericks struggled in their first game since acquiring new weapons Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood but look for better results in Orlando as they play with the Magic and get the win.

What: NBA Betting
When: Friday, February 19th - 8:00 PM ET
Where: Amway Arena – Orlando, FL
Key Stat: Mavs are 8-10 over last 18 games

The Storyline – Mavericks vs Magic betting odds

Online betting fans know that the Mavericks made another bold move at the trade deadline but the question is how good is this team overall? They have a big mixed bag of talent and while Caron Butler should be a good fit, the Mavericks just look like a chemistry experiment rather than a team that has been grown and nurtured together.

For the Magic, they have been an excellent home team this year and they are playing fairly well right now. They have won eight of their last 10 games and are a dominant home team. Expect another home win on Friday.


Offensive Matchups – Mavericks vs Magic betting odds breakdown 

The Mavericks have a whole lot of everything, but not much of anything. With Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Butler, Jason Terry and Shawn Marion, the Mavericks have a lot of weapons but no real clear identity. While this team started 25-11, they are just 8-10 in their last 18 games and they can’t figure out who they can rely on night-in, night-out aside from Nowitzki.

The sportsbook odds makers will have the Magic as a favorite in this game because they play so well at home. Their offense is going to cause problems for the Mavs, including Superman Dwight Howard. With him on the inside and a lot of weapons on the perimeter, the Magic shouldn’t have any offensive problems in this game.

Betting Edge: Magic


Defensive Matchups – Mavericks vs Magic betting odds

The Mavericks defense is fairly weak, which is why they have struggled recently. On the inside, they have missed the presence of Erick Dampier and their perimeter defense has also been weak. Butler will help, but he is still getting acclimated to the Mavericks. This will be a tough matchup for them.

Meanwhile, Orlando is one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. They will do their best to clamp down on Nowtizki and force the other Mavericks to beat them. The Mavs are versatile, so this could turn out to be a high-scoring game but the Magic have the better defense.

Betting Edge: Magic


Notable Injuries – Mavericks vs Magic betting odds

Dampier dislocated his finger and will be out three-to-five weeks, which hampers the Mavericks interior defense.

Betting Edge: Magic


Betting Prediction – Mavericks vs Magic betting odds breakdown 

The Magic have won 21 of 26 home games and they are the better defensive team. Dallas will be game for this contest so they will cover but sports betting fans should expect the Magic to win.

CRAIG’s Pick: Mavs to cover; Magic to win



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