The sixth-place New York Knicks (14-15), are taking on the short-handed twelfth place Orlando Magic squad (10-18). The Knicks have surprised the league this season. Julius Randle has proven that he can be the leader on this team as he scored 44 points last night against the Atlanta Hawks while shooting 14-22 from the field. Terrance Ross scored 23 points in a crushing defeat against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
WILL THE MECCA SEE THE PLAYOFFS
The New York Knicks have not seen a playoff appearance since 2013 and are well on their way to ending the drought. Immanuel Quickley might be the steal of the draft as he averaged 12.5 PPG and 38 percent from behind the arc in just 19 MPG.
Derrick Rose looks to bloom in the Garden on the second stint with a familiar face in charge in Tom Thibodeau. RJ Barrett looks to build on his strong rookie campaign averaging 16.5 PPG and 6.2 REB this season.
The Knicks are 6-4 in their last 10, averaging 108.8 points, 46.1 rebounds, 21.1 assists, 6.5 steals, and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.3% from the field. The team is 10-9 in conference play this season.
THE MAGIC ARE ON A COLD SPELL
The Orlando Magic have been hit with injuries all season, and cannot buy a winning streak. Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross have carried the load to have a chance of winning a ball game. Vucevic has averaged 23.7 PPG with 11.4 REB through 28 games played.
Terrence Ross has done his part by averaging 15 points PPG over the last 10 games. In their last 10 games, the Magic are 2-8, averaging 103.7 points, 47.2 rebounds, 21.4 assists, 6.2 steals, and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 42.4% from the field. The team is 7-10 in conference play this season.
Mitchell Robinson- Out (Hand)
Frank Ntilikina- Out (Health and safety protocols).
Not having a shot-blocker in Mitchell Robinson might give Nikola Vucevic some opportunities in the paint as they are second to last in the league averaging 40.6 points in the paint. Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley, and Elfrid Payton have been sharing point guard duties while Frank Ntilikina has been out since December 29th.
Cole Anthony- Day to day (Shoulder)
Markelle Fultz- Out for the season (Knee)
James Ennis III- Day to day (Groin)
Evan Fournier- Day to day (Back)
Al-Farouq Aminu- Day to day (Knee)
Jonathan Isaac: Out for the season (Knee)
Aaron Gordon: Out (Ankle)
KNICKS VS MAGIC BETTING ODDS
Knicks -4 (-110) Moneyline (-174) Over/Under N/A
Magic +4 (-110) Moneyline (+145) Over/Under N/A
- New York is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
- Orlando is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
- New York is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- Orlando is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 17 of New York’s last 25 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando’s last 5 games
The Knicks ATS record is 16-13 this season (9-7 on the road). Meanwhile, the Magic are 12-16 overall (5-8 at home).
The Knicks won the last matchup between these two teams 91-84. Expect the Knicks to do the same tonight.
PREDICTION: Knicks -4 (-110)
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