Magic vs. Knicks Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Magic are listed as a 1-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under has not been released overnight.
Orlando comes in with a 9-14 overall record and 10-12-1 ATS after a 133-112 home loss to the Warriors. New York is 11-10 overall and 13-8 ATS following a 115-86 home win over the Heat which snapped a three-game skid. The Magic won the first meeting this season by a 112-99 final on their home floor. The Knicks are 3-2 straight up and 3-2 ATS in five meetings since the start of last season. The over is 3-2.
In the loss to Golden State, Aaron Gordon led the way with 29 points along with seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Evan Fournier accounted for 22 points and five rebounds. Jonathon Simmons added 18 points, three rebounds and two assists. Orlando trailed 78-63 at halftime.
New York lost Kristaps Porzingis to a sprained ankle three minutes into the win over Miami. His status for today's game is uncertain. Enes Kanter led the way with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Courtney Lee accounted for 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 12 points and two assists, while Doug McDermott added 12 points and two boards. The Knicks led 65-44 at halftime.
The Magic are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings in New York. The over is 20-8-1 in the last 29 meetings.
It sounds more likely that Porzingis will sit out this game, which is a crushing blow for a Knicks squad that has perhaps outperformed expectations this season. The rest of the team rose to the occasion in his absence against Miami, but don't expect a repeat performance. Being without a star, unless you are as loaded as the Warriors, is always going to cause a major dropoff. Take the Magic in this spot.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: ORLANDO MAGIC -1