The Orlando Magic (21-18) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (23-16) on Monday, January 15th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on MSG. The Knicks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Magic are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Grizzlies. Tip-off is set for 3:00 ET.
Magic vs Knicks
The Magic Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Magic will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Thunder with a final score of 112-100. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Magic failed to cover the spread as +11.5 point underdogs. Concerning the over/under, the total of 212 points remained below the established over/under line of 231.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Knicks, the Magic are looking to build on their above .500 record of 21-18. In the Eastern Conference, the Magic are currently 8th and 2nd in the Southeast division.
Currently, Orlando holds an above .500 ATS record of 25-14 so far this year. In their last two road games, Orlando has been unable to cover the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 12-9 on the road as opposed to 13-5 at home.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks beat the Grizzlies in their most recent game, ending with a score of 106-94. The Knicks turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 57-53.
Heading into today’s game against the Magic, the Knicks are looking to stay above .500. So far, they are 23-16 overall. In Eastern Conference games, the Knicks are 16-9 and are 7-7 in non-conference games.
Against the spread, New York are currently above .500, at 23-16 ATS. During this season, New York has a 14-7 record against the spread as favorites and 9-9 as underdogs.
Magic Offense Breakdown
Through 39 games the Magic are averaging 112.5 points per contest, placing them 24th in the NBA.
On the season, the Magic are averaging 112.5 points per game, which is 24th in the NBA. However, they have struggled to score on the road, averaging just 109.8 points per game.
So far, Orlando has scored below the NBA average in 59.0% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 12th in the league at 99.5 possessions per game.
When it comes to field goal percentage, the Magic are shooting 46% from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 29th in both three-point percentage (34%) and three-pointers made per game (10.9).
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 39 games games, New York is averaging 115.6 points per game (15th).
At home, the Knicks are averaging 114.7 points per game this season (20th). Overall, they are 15th in the league at 115.6 points per game. In terms of pace, New York is 27th in the NBA (97 possessions per game).
So far, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 53.8% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 20th in the league at 46%. From three-point range, New York is 10th in the NBA at 37%.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Knicks are 7th in the league in attempts at 24.4 per game. In terms of assists, New York is 28th in the league at 24.1 per game.
Magic Team Defense
Currently, the Magic’s defense holds the 7th rank in the NBA, allowing 111.6 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Magic are forcing 14.1 per game, which is 25th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 10th in blocked shots at 5.6 per game.
Knicks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Knicks defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 38.5% of their games. Currently, they are 8th in the NBA at 111.6 points per game allowed. Most recently, the Knicks’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 94 points to the Grizzlies.
Key Players For The Magic And Knicks
In today’s game, we anticipate Paolo Banchero leading the scoring for the Magic, contributing 21 points while shooting 7/16 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 22.9 points per game, in addition to 7.2 rebounds.
As for New York, Jalen Brunson is projected to be the primary scorer for the Knicks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 25, and adding 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 46.9%, and his scoring average is 25.8 points per game.
Magic vs Knicks Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Magic have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 113 points per game in these contests.
- Across their ten previous home games, New York has an ATS mark of 5-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 5-5 while averaging 119 points per game.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Magic have gone 2-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-3.
- The Knicks have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
Magic vs Knicks Prediction
For a point-spread bet in this Magic vs. Knicks matchup, we’re leaning towards the Magic at +7. Although our projections show the Knicks winning 109-106, we suggest placing your bet on the Magic for the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 222 and given that our model is projecting 215 points between the teams, we like the under.
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