In a matchup of two Eastern Conference teams, the Magic are favored by 2 points against the Knicks. The game is set to start at 7:00 ET at the Kia Center in Orlando. If you’re interested in placing a wager, you can bet this game at Jazz Sports.
Is a Road Win Possible for the Knicks?
In their 30 games this season, the Knicks have an over/under record of 16-13-1, and today’s over/under line of 227.5 is right around their average over/under line this season of 225.1.
New York’s games have averaged 228.2 points per contest, and their games have finished with more than today’s over/under line in 19 of their 30 games. Their over/under record in these games is 9-10.
So far, the Knicks have an over/under record of 2 straight games, as their most recent game vs. the Thunder finished with 249 points (129-120) and went over the 242-point over/under line.
Against the spread, the Knicks are 17-13, and they are 2-point underdogs today. On the road, their ATS record is 10-8 compared to going 9-9 straight up.
When playing on the road, the Knicks are being outscored by an average of -0.1 points per contest. Their average scoring differential as the underdog on the road is -6.1 points per game.
Within the Eastern Conference, the Knicks are currently in 7th place, and they are 3rd in their division.
In their most recent game, the Knicks scored 120 points, which matches their average of 115.2 points per game. Overall, the Knicks are shooting 46% from the field, which is 22nd in the NBA. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 9th in percentage and 10th in made three-pointers.
Coming into the game, the Knicks defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 40.0% of their games. Currently, they are 11th in the NBA at 112.9 points per game allowed. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Knicks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.5% from downtown.
- Mitchell Robinson (Out) Ankle
- Jericho Sims (Out) Ankle
Do the Magic Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?
As the Magic get set to take on the Knicks, they are favored by 2 points and have an overall record of 18-12. In their conference, they are 5th and sit 2nd in the Southeast Division.
When playing at home, Orlando is 11-4 and have an average scoring differential of +9.3 points per contest. Their average over/under line for the season is 226, and they have an over/under mark of 15-15.
When playing at home, the Magic are 11-4 ATS and have gone just 2-2 vs. the spread in their last four home games. Their overall ATS record for the season is 20-10.
So far, Orlando has been favored in 12 games and have an ATS record of 9-3 in those contests. When favored at home, their record vs. the spread is 9-3.
In their last game, the Magic fell to the 76ers by a score of 112-92 and did not cover the spread as 2-point favorites. The over/under line for the game was 228.5 points.
The Magic scored a total of 92 points in their last game against the 76ers. They shot 39.2% from the field and hit 9 three-pointers. Paolo Banchero is currently the team’s leading scorer, averaging 21.2 PPG. Franz Wagner is also averaging 20.6 PPG.
Orlando’s defense has been playing well, ranking 6th in the NBA with 110.7 points allowed per game. So far this season, the Magic’s defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 4th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 24.0 times per game vs. Orlando.
- Gary Harris (Questionable) Calf
- Joe Ingles (Out) Ankle
- Markelle Fultz (Out) Knee
- Jonathan Isaac (Questionable) Hamstring
Knicks vs. Magic Pick
Coming in as the underdogs at +2, we have the Knicks as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Pick: Take the Knicks at +2
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 227.5 and our model has the Knicks and Magic finishing with a combined 223 points. Our pick is to take the under.
Pick: Go Under 227.5 points (-112)