The ORLANDO and the DALLAS will both be gunning for a victory on 12/10/2018 at 8:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
ORLANDO MAGIC vs DALLAS MAVERICKS
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, December 10, 2018
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
|521||ORLANDO||-5.5 (-110)||211.5 (-110)||180
TV: 8:35 PM
PREDICTION: DALLAS , ORLANDO
Oddsmakers currently have the DALLAS listed as -5.5 point favorites versus the ORLANDO, while the game’s total is sitting at 211.5.
The Dallas Mavericks have long forgotten a 2-7 start to the season and look to continue their surge with a 10th straight home-court victory Monday night when they host the scuffling Orlando Magic. The Mavericks won 11 of their last 15 games to climb into playoff position in the Western Conference after 19-year-old rookie Luka Doncic scored 21 points in Saturday’s 107-104 win over Houston.
Doncic, the NBA’s Rookie of the Month for October/November, scored 11 straight points in the final minutes to turn an eight-point deficit into a lead Saturday and coach Rick Carlisle told reporters of the 6-7 forward, “It’s pretty clear that he’s got a flair for the moment. He’s unafraid. You don’t see that every day.” Dallas, which is 11-2 at home overall, missed the playoffs the last two seasons and will try to continue its run against an Orlando team (6-6 on the road) that dropped six of its last nine games and two in a row. The Magic shot 40.4 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times Friday in a 112-90 loss to Indiana at home. “We’re good enough to beat anybody, but we can’t have many more of these nights because we’re not just going to show up and beat people,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford told reporters. “We have to put a lot into it to win, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s got to be a purpose and a commitment to the way we’re playing and an understanding of why we’re good, when we’re not good and a willingness to do the things necessary so we can play well.”
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FS Florida (Orlando), FS Southwest (Dallas)
ABOUT THE MAGIC (12-14): Leading scorer and rebounder Nikola Vucevic scored 22 in Friday’s loss before suffering a sprained ankle, but told reporters: “I don’t think it’s anything bad. Hopefully, it won’t keep me out at all.” Vucevic is averaging 24.4 points and 12.1 rebounds over the last seven games and second-leading scorer Aaron Gordon contributed 19.3 points over his past four. Shooting guard Terrence Ross is connecting on 39.9 percent from 3-point range overall and has averaged 17 points per contest in his past four outings.
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (13-11): Doncic leads the team in scoring (18.2) and center DeAndre Jordan sits second in the NBA in rebounding (13.8) after hauling in 20 on Saturday – the third time in nine games he reached that figure. Rookie guard Jalen Brunson got more playing time the last two games with Dennis Smith Jr. (13.5 points per contest) out with a wrist injury and took advantage by averaging 12.2 points on 12-of-18 from the field. Future Hall of Fame forward Dirk Nowitzki is closing in on his season debut after recovering from offseason ankle surgery, but he is not expected to play Monday.
1. Orlando F Jonathon Simmons is 5-of-22 from the field in the last four games, averaging 2.8 points in that span.
2. Dallas PF Max Kleber (6.5 points) could miss his second straight contests with a sprained toe.
3. The past three season series were split and the home team won the last seven meetings.
PREDICTION: Magic 112, Mavericks 106