Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks Prediction 3/8/2024

The Orlando Magic (37-26) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (36-26) on Friday, March 8th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on MSG. The Magic are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Knicks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wizards. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

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The Magic Are Coming Off A Win

In the Magic’s most recent game against the Wizards, Franz Wagner led the Magic with 28 points while going 9/15 from the field. The Magic picked up a 119-109 win, and Paolo Banchero also added 25 points which was 2nd on the team.

As we head into today’s game, the Magic have an overall record of 37-26 and have won five straight games. When playing at home, the Magic are 21-8 compared to 16-18 on the road.

Orlando has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 42-21 against the spread. In their four most recent home games, Orlando has covered the spread and they are 21-8 ATS at home compared to 21-13 on the road.

The Knicks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Knicks will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Hawks with a final score of 116-100. In addition, to losing the game straight-up, the Knicks lost vs. the spread as -1.5 point favorites. Before the game, the over/under line was 213.5 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.

Coming into today’s game against the Magic, the Knicks have a record of 36-26, which puts them above .500. In games against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks are 25-14 compared to 11-12 in non-conference games.

Currently, New York holds an above .500 ATS record of 33-29 so far this year. New York has gone 21-13 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 12-16 when playing as underdogs.

Magic Offense Breakdown

This season, the Orlando offense is ranked 26th in the NBA in scoring at 111.4 points per game.

When it comes to scoring, the Magic are 26th in the league at 111.4 points per game. However, they have been better at home, where they average 114.3 points compared to 109.0 on the road.

Overall, Orlando is 13th in field goal percentage at 47% and 16th in true shooting percentage. They have been effective inside the arc, making 54% of their two-point attempts.

So far, the Magic have been one of the NBA’s worst three-point shooting teams. They are last in three-pointers made per game and 24th in three-point shooting percentage.

Knicks Offense Breakdown

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New York has recorded an average of 113.2 points per game (20th) throughout 62 games games.

At home, the Knicks are averaging 112.2 points per game, which is 23rd in the league. Overall, they are 20th in scoring at 113.2 points per game. In terms of pace, New York is last in the NBA at 95.4 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 15th in the league at 36%. They are also 24th in two-point field goal percentage at 46%. In terms of assists, New York is 29th in the NBA at 24 per game.

So far this season, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 41.9% of their games. In terms of free-throw shooting, they are 14th in both attempts and makes. When it comes to offensive rebounds, the Knicks are 2nd in the league.

Magic Team Defense

At this time, the Magic’s defense is positioned 3rd in the NBA, permitting 109.5 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Magic’s defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 55.0% and allowing 35.6% from beyond the arc.

Knicks Team Defense

This season, the Knicks defense has been impressive, holding the 4th position in the league while permitting an average of 109.8 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Knicks are causing 12.3 turnovers per game, ranking 11th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 28th in rejections, averaging 4 blocked shots each game.

Key Players For The Magic And Knicks

For today’s matchup, we project Paolo Banchero to lead the scoring for the Magic, putting up 22 points and shooting at a rate of 8/17. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.9 points per game, along with 6.8 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 26, and adding 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 47.7%, and his scoring average is 27.2 points per game.

Magic vs Knicks Trends

  • Through their last ten road games, Orlando has an ATS record of just 7-3. However, their overall record was 7-3 while averaging 109 points per game.
  • New York has played well in their previous five home games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 106 points per game while allowing 101. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
  • Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Magic have a straight up record of 1-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 1-2.
  • Against the spread, the Knicks have put together 0-3 in their last three games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 2-1 straight up.

Magic vs Knicks Prediction

We’re putting our money on the Knicks to win, and have the projected score sitting at 113-105. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Knicks at -1.

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 206.5, and our model projects the Magic and Knicks to reach a combined total of 218 points. Our bet is on taking the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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