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The new look Orlando Magic will make their debut in their new home at the Amway Center in NBA betting action on Tuesday night, as they square off with one of the hottest teams in the league, the Dallas Mavericks.
Stopping Dallas is something that has really been relatively impossible this season for most teams. The Mavs have just been on fire of late. Don’t believe us? Just as the Miami Heat, who were beaten by these guys just last night in South Beach. The victory snapped the Heat’s 12 game winning streak and improved the Mavericks to 15-1 in their L/16 games. The number for Dirk Nowitzki are slipping just a bit, as he has “only” averaged 21.7 points per game over these last three victories. The big man hasn’t had a double-double since a December 11th win over the Utah Jazz, but this could be a nice chance for him to shine in Mickey Mouse’s house. Dallas is still getting it done with defense, holding five of its last six foes under the century mark in scoring. It has allowed teams to score just 93.3 points per game, and foes are only shooting 43.4 percent from the field, No. 3 in the league. On the other side of the court, the Mavs’ scoring average has dropped to just 99.1 points per game, but when you are shooting 47.8 percent from the field, you are putting a ton of pressure on your opponents to make the most out of their limited possessions.
Orlando took a big time gamble over the weekend, revamping its entire roster. If a lethargic looking ten point loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night is any indicator, this could be the start to a devastating second half of the season for this franchise. None of Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Gilbert Arenas really did anything to shine, as the three combined for just 27 points. Once again, the show really belonged to Dwight Howard, and it is clear that he is still visibly frustrated with the direction the organization is heading in. Howard picked up 19 points and 20 boards against the Hawks on Monday, and he is now averaging team highs in scoring (21.6 points per game) and rebounding (12.8 boards per game). Depth is a huge issue for this team as well, especially with Jason Williams and Ryan Anderson fighting injuries. The bench only scored 14 points on Monday night, with Arenas scoring ten of the 14. The starters all played at least 30 minutes, and only nine players were used in the whole game.
We know that it is only a regular season game, but this might be the biggest game the Magic have played in quite some time. The hometown crowd badly needs to get behind this new look team in a hurry if there is any hope of running down the Heat and the rest of the teams in the powerful Eastern Conference. This is a great Dallas team coming to Orlando, but the second half of the trip that seemingly everyone makes over the course of the year to Miami and Orlando in back to back nights always seems to be hell on the opposition. Believe in the Magic on Tuesday night to snare the biggest ‘W’ of the season.
NBA Free Pick: Orlando Magic -3