At 7:30 ET, the Knicks (-114) will host the Magic (-106) in a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams. The Knicks are 5th in the East, while the Magic are 4th. The Knicks are favored by 1 point at home, and the over/under line is set at 206.5.

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden and can be seen on MSG.


The Pick: New York Knicks -1

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 ET on Friday, March 8th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 113-105 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 46.8% and knocking down 13 threes.

Will Orlando Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

The Magic are currently on a five-game winning streak and are 37-26 overall, which is good for 4th place in the Eastern Conference. In their division, they are in 1st place.

This season, Orlando has been the underdog in 39 of their 63 games. As the underdog, they have a scoring differential of -3.5 points per game. Today, they are 1-point underdogs vs. the Knicks.

On the road, the Magic have an average scoring differential of -2.6 points per game. Their ATS record on the road is 21-13, and they have covered the spread in two straight games.

In their most recent game, the Magic defeated the Wizards by a score of 119-109. The O/U line for that game was 223.5, and Orlando was favored by 7.5 points going into the game.

This season, the Magic have an O/U record of 30-33. In their games, the average combined scoring is 221 points, which is higher than today’s line of 206.5.

On the season, the Magic have been one of the most efficient teams from the free-throw line, ranking 6th in free throws made per game at 18.9. They are also 4th in free-throw attempts at 25.1 per game. However, Orlando’s three-point shooting has been a struggle, as they are just 24th in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. Overall, the Magic are 26th in scoring at 111.4 points per game.

When it comes to pace, Orlando is 24th in the NBA at 97.2 possessions per game. In terms of their offensive rebounding, the Magic are 14th in the league at 10.8 per game. As for assists, Orlando is 26th in the NBA at 24.7 per game.

So far, the Magic have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 33.3% of their games. When playing on the road, Orlando is averaging 109 points per game, compared to 114.3 at home. For the season, the Magic are shooting 47% from the field, which is 13th in the NBA.

At this time, the Magic’s defense is positioned 3rd in the NBA, permitting 109.5 points per game. Inside the arc, the Magic defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.0% and 35.6% from three-point territory.

Is It the Knicks Game to Lose at Home?

Today, the Knicks are favored by 1 point at home against the Magic. As the favorite, the Knicks have gone 26-8 this season and 21-13 ATS. On average, they have won by 9.1 points per game when favored.

Looking at the Knicks’ O/U record for the season, they are 23-38-1. In their games this year, the average combined scoring total is 223 points, and today’s line is set at 206.5.

In their last game, the Knicks lost to the Hawks by a score of 116-100. The O/U line for that game was 213.5, and the Knicks were favored by 1.5 points going into the game. This snapped a 2-game winning streak for the Knicks.

Currently, the Knicks are 5th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 36-26. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 25-14 and 7-4 in their division. In non-conference games, they are 11-12.

This season, the Knicks are 33-29 ATS, including a 16-16 record at home. However, they have failed to cover the spread in their last nine home games. On average, they are 16-16 ATS at home and 17-13 ATS on the road.

At home this season, the Knicks have averaged 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, they are the slowest team in the NBA, averaging just 95.4 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Knicks are 24th in field goal percentage at 46%. Inside the arc, they are 24th in two-point shooting at 52%. From three-point range, they are 15th in the league at 36%.

So far this season, the Knicks have outscored the NBA average in just 41.9% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 29th in the league at 24 per game. In their last 11 games, they have scored below their season average in each contest.

On defense, the Knicks come into the game ranked 4th in the league in points allowed at 109.8 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 108 points per contest (2nd). Opponents are hitting 54.5% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.0% of their three-point attempts.