Mavs, Magic Might be Sleepwalking Through Low-Scoring Tilt

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 2:31 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 2:31 PM UTC

Dallas upset Portland on Tuesday night, then flew to Orlando for tonight's matchup with the Magic, who won in New York. Two bad, tired teams make for a meeting with little offense. 

NBA Wednesday: Mavericks vs. MagicFree NBA Pick: Under 204Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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I know all about the NBA’s new rule on fining teams for resting healthy players on the road. However, to that I say, do you know how much money Mark Cuban has?

Cuban already has admitted to tanking this season, for which he was fined. And now, on the second night of a back-to-back, the Mavericks would be silly not to give Dirk Nowitzki the night off or severely limit his minutes.

If Dallas does the same thing with Harrison Barnes, they are going to have Dennis Smith Jr. and not much else tonight in Orlando. Plus, Dallas barely has any time to rest before this game. Needless to say, read this tweet and tell me this is going to be a good basketball game:

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It's 3 a.m. and the Mavs have arrived in Orlando. Game in 16 hours. I don't know how NBA players do it, man. I'm tired from tweeting gifs and watching Inglourious Basterds on the plane.

— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) April 4, 2018
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Combine that with how poorly the Magic are playing on offense lately without any good guard play, and the total is going to stay "under" the number on the NBA odds board. Just look at the highlights from the Magic’s game Tuesday night in New York, as an example:

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The Magic put up only 97 points because they shot 42 percent from the field and less than 31 percent from beyond the arc.

The Mavericks are 11-4 cashing the "under" on the second night of a back-to-back. If they rest or limit some of their top players tonight, that trend will continue.

The Magic are 7-6 cashing the "under" on no rest this season, and they've cashed the "under" in five straight and seven of their last eight games overall. More importantly, they are 21-8 cashing the "under" against Western Conference teams, including nine of their last 10 home games versus the West. All signs point to betting the "under" with your NBA picks.

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