Mavericks odds: Luka Doncic leads Dallas against Magic
The Dallas Mavericks return on Feb. 21 in Orlando against the Magic. Here is a look at the odds and how to watch that contest.
The Dallas Mavericks are looking to sweep the season series against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. They won the first game 107-106 way back on Nov. 6.
It is the first of a back-to-back for the Mavs. Fresh off the All-Star break, they play on Saturday in Atlanta against the Hawks too.
The Magic are 24-31 on the season. They currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference. Orlando will be fighting for a playoff spot down the stretch.
Here is everything fans need to know about the Feb. 21 contest between the Mavericks and Magic.
The first game back from the All-Star break begins at 6:00 p.m. local time in Dallas or 7:00 p.m. ET.
How to watch
Dallas fans can watch the contest on Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas. It will also be broadcast in the Orlando market on Fox Sports Florida.
Hulu Live will have all the action in both local markets on Friday night. National viewers can catch the game on NBA League Pass.
The Mavericks will be without Dwight Powell (Achilles), but everyone is healthy and ready to go. The All-Star break came at a good time. The team is rested and prepared to attack the final 27 games of the regular season.
The NBA’s official injury report lists Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) and Jonathan Isaac (knee) as out for Friday’s game. D.J. Augustin is questionable with a knee injury of his own.
Be sure to check closer to tipoff for any late-breaking information.
Storyline to follow: Vucevic vs. Porzingis
Expect the Dallas Mavericks to come out playing small on Friday night. They have seen the best from Kristaps Porzingis by using him at the five and letting him be the pick and roll partner for Luka Doncic. Coach Rick Carlisle will want to continue that down the stretch.
That creates a heavyweight matchup against Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic. Vuc is averaging 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game this season. He was an All-Star in 2019 and remains a difficult cover.
It will be interesting to see the two big men matchup on Friday night. Vucevic will attempt to be physical and dominate KP in the paint. Porzingis will likely try to get the Magic center out on the perimeter and make him uncomfortable. It will be a matchup to watch.
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