On Thursday evening, Eastern Conference rivals meet at Amway Center. The Orlando Magic take on the New York Knicks, who are 30-43 this season. This season, the Magic have won two of their past three games and are 17-19 at home. New York is heading into this second night of a back-to-back after being taken down in Miami on Wednesday night, and they are 2-0 versus the Magic this season.
For a time, the Knicks were on a roll, winning nine straight games in early March. However, the squad has lost five of their last eight games, including the last two in a row, one to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the other to the Miami Heat.
In those games, their defense let them down, allowing 127 and 140 points, respectively. That has been the recurring theme throughout this difficult period. Over this eight-game run, the Knicks rank 25th in defensive rating, allowing 116.5 points per game.
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Meanwhile, the Magic have won two of their previous three games, including a 122-112 victory over the Washington Wizards last time around. Orlando is of course led by Rookie of the Year favorite Paolo Banchero. This season, he is averaging 20 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game with the Magic.
It’s not only Banchero, though. The Magic have something to build around thanks to Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter Jr., and possibly Markelle Fultz. And this team is truly hitting its groove as the season winds down.
They’ve shot the ball better since the beginning of March, ranking 15th in the NBA in shooting percentage, and are scoring a respectable 117.5 points per game with their fast pace (the Magic rank sixth in pace this month). That ranks 11th in the NBA over that time period.
And, despite the Knicks’ recent troubles, offense hasn’t been a major issue. Jalen Brunson has continued to play outstanding basketball this season. Julius Randle can be inconsistent at times, but he recently put up 57 points against the Timberwolves. And RJ Barrett seemed to be getting more at ease all the time.
New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic Game Information
- Date: 03/23/2023
- Time: 07:10 PM ET
- Location: Amway Center.
- How to Watch Knicks vs Magic: NBC Sports Boston
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Knicks vs Magic Betting Lines
Magic are +130 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $130. On the other side, Knicks are –150 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $66.67.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Magic at a 43.48% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Knicks have 60% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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