Orlando Winless on Road in 2022-23
The Dallas Mavericks try to bounce back from an overtime loss when they play host to the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. Dallas played its second straight overtime contest, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night, and is in fourth place in the Southwest Division, one game behind the third-place New Orleans Pelicans.
Orlando picked up its first win of the season after five straight lossest, defeating the Charlotte Hornets, and is in last place in the Southeast Division, a half-game behind the fourth-place Miami Heat. Both teams need to get a win, so check out our NBA betting preview of this game before you place any bets.
Magic Hope To Build on First Win
The Orlando Magic had been playing close games but coming up short each time. But Friday night was different, with the Magic taking control early and rolling to a win over the visiting Charlotte Hornets, Orlando’s first win of the season.
Rookie forward Paolo Banchero continued his outstanding play to start his NBA career, scoring 21 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out seven assists in the victory. The No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s draft, Banchero has lived up to his billing thus far, averaging 23.5 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Forward Franz Wagner continues to emerge in his second year in the league, leading the Magic with 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. Wagner is also averaging 15.8 points and 4.8 rebounds, giving the Magic a young 1-2 punch in the frontcourt.
Orlando went with a big lineup in the win against Charlotte, as point guard Cole Anthony was sidelined with an oblique injury. Center Bol Bol got his first start of the season, playing alongside center Wendell Carter Jr., Banchero and Wagner, and he responded with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Mavericks Lament Another Blown Lead
The Dallas Mavericks have played well, but they’ve had some trouble hanging onto leads. Saturday was another example, as the Mavericks led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter before the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to force overtime and came away with the win.
“We had control of the game,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said after Saturday’s loss. “When you look at early in the season, we have had leads in the fourth, and we’ve given them away.”
Surprisingly, the lead was forged with guard Luka Doncic on the bench, and the Thunder’s rally happened after he returned to the game. Doncic has been playing great this season, averaging a league-best 35.2 points per game while also ranking in the top 10 in the NBA in assists (9.4) and rebounds (10.8) per game.
Center Christian Wood has been the Mavericks’ second-leading scorer despite coming off the bench in all five games this season. Wood is averaging 19.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in just 26.4 minutes per game.
Magic vs Mavericks Head-To-Head
The Dallas Mavericks have dominated this rivalry recently, though it is the Orlando Magic that earned the victory in the most recent meeting between the two teams. Orlando won at home in January, snapping a five-game Dallas winning streak in the series.
The Mavericks have won 10 straight games when playing at home against the Magic. The NBA lines set for Sunday’s game favor Dallas extending that streak with an easy win.
Magic vs Mavericks Game Injuries
Magic vs Mavericks Game Information
- Game: Magic (1-5) vs Mavericks (2-3)
- Location: American Airlines Center
- Day/Time: Sunday, Oct 30, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Magic vs Mavericks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Magic vs Mavericks Betting Lines
Magic vs Mavericks Prediction
The Orlando Magic have struggled to put together wins, and they’re facing a Dallas Mavericks squad wanting to make up for a losse on Saturday night. Look for another big game from Doncic as the Mavericks roll to the win.
When making your NBA picks, take Dallas to win and cover at home.