2/2/2009 7:05:00 PM
The Mavericks are averaging 110.0 points per game in the last four games, and they are seeking revenge for a home loss to Orlando earlier this year. Take the points here.
The Dallas Mavericks had a four-game winning streak vs. the Orlando Magic snapped when the Magic went into Dallas and upset them earlier this season, so look for a determined effort by the revenge-minded Mavericks tonight.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]The Mavs are one of the better road teams in the NBA, going 13-12 straight up away from home so far, and they have won on their last two visits to Orlando including a handy 107-98 win here last season.
Dallas won the first game of this two-game Florida trek when they trounced the Heat 111-96 in Miami on Saturday. Their offense is in high gear right now, as the Mavericks are averaging 110.0 points per game in their last four games, scoring at least 100 points in all of those games. That makes these points look very generous here, especially with Dallas coming out of the stronger Western Conference.
Now granted, the Magic are an elite East team and they are 18-4 straight up at home. Keep in mind though that they played a fast-paced game in Toronto yesterday, winning 113-90, so they may not have their legs totally under them tonight. Besides, this spread is large enough that they can still win this game on the court without covering the spread.
Finally, the Orlando defense has slacked off a bit the last five games, allowing 96.4 points per contest. Thus, Dallas should approach the century mark again, making these points worth taking.
Free Pick: Mavericks +7 (-110)