Tip-off is set for 3:00 ET at Madison Square Garden as the 7th-seeded New York Knicks (-296) host the 8th-seeded Orlando Magic (+236) in an Eastern Conference matchup. The Knicks are currently favored by 7 points and the over/under line is set at 222.
Orlando has dropped three straight games and is 21-18 overall, while New York is 23-16 and has won two of its last three contests. The Knicks are currently 3rd in the Atlantic Division and 7th in the Eastern Conference, while the Magic are 2nd in the Southeast Division and 8th in the East.
ORLANDO MAGIC VS NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Orlando Magic +7
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 3:00 ET on Monday, January 15th.
WHY BET THE ORLANDO MAGIC:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 109-105 in favor of the Knicks.
- Our projections have Jalen Brunson finishing with Jalen Brunson points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Knicks finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.1% and knocking down 13 threes.
Will Orlando Shock Everyone at Madison Square Garden?
Today, the Magic are looking to snap a three-game losing streak as they take on the Knicks. Orlando is currently 8th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 21-18.
As the underdog, the Magic have gone 11-16 this season and are 12-9 against the spread on the road. On average, they have been outscored by 4.8 points per game on the road.
Orlando’s O/U record for the season is 18-21, and the under has hit in their last four games. This year, their games have averaged 224.2 points per game compared to today’s line of 222.
In their most recent game, the Magic lost to the Thunder by a score of 112-100. They were 11.5-point underdogs in that game and finished with an ATS loss. The O/U line for that game was 231 points.
So far this season, the Magic’s offense has been below the NBA scoring average in 59% of their games. In terms of scoring, they are 24th in the league at 112.5 points per game. However, their scoring average is higher at home (115.7) compared to on the road (109.8).
One of the strengths of the Magic’s offense has been getting to the free-throw line. They are 2nd in the league in free throws attempted at 26.5 per game. In terms of pace, Orlando is 12th in the NBA at 99.5 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Magic are 29th in three-point percentage at 34%. In terms of three-point attempts, they are 24th in the league. Overall, Orlando is 18th in field goal percentage at 46%.
At this time, the Magic’s defense is positioned 7th in the NBA, permitting 111.6 points per game. The Orlando defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.4% of their field goal attempts vs. Orlando.
Can the Knicks Secure a Win at Home?
In their last game, the Knicks defeated the Grizzlies by a score of 106-94. The combined scoring in that game was 200 points, which was well below the O/U line of 219.
Today, the Knicks are looking for their 5th straight ATS win at home. As the favorite, they are 10-5 ATS at home this season and have an average scoring differential of +8.0 points per game.
New York’s ATS record for the season is 23-16, which includes a 14-7 record as the favorite. As the favorite, they have won 16 of their 21 games straight up.
For the season, the Knicks have an O/U record of 18-20-1. In their games, the average combined scoring is 227.3, and today’s O/U line is set at 222.
The Knicks are currently 7th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-16. In the Atlantic Division, they are 3rd. In non-conference games, the Knicks are 7-7 compared to 16-9 against the East.
At home this season, the Knicks are averaging 114.7 points per game (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 at 97 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 10th in the league at 37%. They are averaging 13.3 made threes per game (11th) and have attempted the 13th most threes in the NBA.
So far, New York has made 46% of their field goals (20th). In terms of free throws, the Knicks are 8th in the league at 19 made free throws per game.
Currently, the Knicks’ defense holds the 8th rank in the NBA, allowing 111.6 points per game. Most recently, the Knicks’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 94 points to the Grizzlies.