The Orlando Magic find themselves in a difficult position with most of their starting lineup currently injured. They’ll have a lot to overcome on Saturday when they travel to play the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 PM ET inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. We’ll see if they can pull the upset.
The Magic currently have Markelle Fultz, Evan Fournier, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jonathan Isaac, and Michael Carter-Williams all listed as out for this game. Despite the injuries, they have an impressive 6-3 record and have won two of their past three games. They started the season 4-0.
On the other hand, the Dallas Mavericks have a few injuries they’re dealing with. In addition to Kristaps Porzingis being out still, they have Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Jalen Brunson all listed as out. Trey Burke is also listed as day-to-day. The Mavs are currently 4-4 but have won their past two games.
Orlando Magic Betting Preview: Can the Magic overcome a plethora of injuries?
Not having Evan Fournier and Markelle Fultz in the starting lineup is really hurting the Orlando Magic. Not only are they two of the team’s top-five scorers, but they average a combined 27.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. That’s a lot of production they aren’t receiving right now.
They do, however, have Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross. Vucevic leads the team with 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. Ross averages 20.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.6 steals off the bench. They need these two players to step up in a big way.
Dallas Mavericks Betting Preview: Will the Mavs win their third-straight game?
The Dallas Mavericks are a strong team, even without Kristaps Porzingis out there alongside Luka Doncic. You have to wonder what this team can look like with a healthy Kristaps — a consistently healthy Kristaps, to be more specific. He will definitely add an element to this team that it’s currently lacking.
Doncic is doing a great job of leading them right now. He’s averaging 27.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game this year — all of which are team-highs. Tim Hardaway Jr. has chipped in with a modest 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 0.8 steals per game this season.
Magic vs. Mavericks Betting Odds & Lines
Will the Mavericks take advantage of the Magic’s growing list of injured players? BetOnline has the Dallas Mavericks (-110) favored by 6.5 points over the Orlando Magic (-110). They also have the over/under listed at 216.5 total points.
Free Betting Pick
If the Orlando Magic were healthy, this would be a completely different matchup. With the amount of talent they won’t have on the floor against the Mavericks, it’s going to be very hard for them to win this game — let alone catch a lead. It’s possible but very unlikely with Luka Doncic on the other end.
I’ve got the Mavericks winning this one and I don’t think it’ll be close. The Mavs had a day of rest yesterday, while the Magic got run over by the Houston Rockets in a 132-90 loss. Expect another major loss for the Magic on Saturday, marking their second-straight.
Final Score Prediction 119-98, Dallas Mavericks.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Dallas Mavericks -6.5