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NBA betting line favors Mavericks over Magic

Orlando MagicDallas Mavericks
10-27January 13, 2014, 08:30 | American Airlines Center22-16

The Magic will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Mavericks in Dallas at American Airlines Center on Monday in NBA action.

The Mavericks sport a record of 22-16 and 19-18-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Magic sit at 10-27 and 15-21-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 19-19 for the Mavericks and 16-21 for the Magic. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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The visitors opened this morning as 11.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 198 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Mavericks - Magic odds would favor the Mavericks if the lines were set according to power ranks. Dallas is rated No. 15 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Magic sit at No. 26. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 94-87 win for the Mavericks.

Orlando lost its last outing, a 120-94 result against the Nuggets on January 11. The Magic failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point underdog, while the 214 combined points took the game OVER the total. Orlando was run off the court by the Nuggets on Saturday as Denver blasted them 120-94 at Pepsi Center.

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 110-107 winner as they battled the Pelicans at home. The Mavericks failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite, while 217 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Mavericks got a 40-point performance from Dirk Nowitzki as Dallas handed New Orleans a 110-107 defeat on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 10-ranked offense (103 PPG) against a Magic defense that ranks No. 19 at 101.14 PPG. The Mavericks have averaged 46.72% from the field per game, more than the Magic have managed so far this season (43.75% on average).

Next up:
Orlando home to Chicago, Wednesday, January 15th
Dallas at Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 15th