Struggling Defenses Point to Over for Magic-Mavericks Clash

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Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:29 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 3:29 PM GMT

Two of the NBA's five worst defenses since December 29 belong to the Magic and Mavericks, according to NBA Stats. Could that affect our betting tendencies for tonight's matchup?

Tuesday NBA: Magic vs. Mavericks

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Free NBA Pick: Over 214Best Line Offered: Heritage

For some odd reason Rick Carlisle is speeding things up lately for the Mavs. While it hasn’t turned into wins, the Mavs are playing at a pace of more than 102 possessions per game over their last five. Tonight against a similarly fast-paced and bad defensive team in the Magic, the over on the NBA odds board is a fine value play at 214 points.

Dallas is giving up and scoring nearly 115 points per 100 possessions over their last five games, and they have a blistering 57.6 effective field-goal percentage during that stretch, according to NBA.com.

On the other hand, the Magic have been similarly bad on defense during that same stretch, allowing 113.5 points per 100 possessions. Combine that with some injuries and a pace of more than 100 possessions for both squads, and this one should be easy money in our NBA picks.

The Magic have the third-worst defensive rating of any team on the road. And while the Mavericks are better at home defensively, considering how they have been playing recently it’s hard not to ride them and their pace to another winning ticket tonight.

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