Two teams sitting outside the playoff places of the East are clashing today, when the New York Knicks (12-48), coming off a huge home victory that want to turn into a streak, are hosting the Orlando Magic (28-33), who have lost only once in their last 7 games.
Date/Time: 02-26-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: New York Knicks +6.5
New York Knicks have a 12-48 record (25-34-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the whole league. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Spurs with a 130-118 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Dennis Smith Jr with 16.1 ppg, adding and a team high 6.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Emmanuel Mudiay with 14.8 ppg and 3.8 dimes.
Orlando Magic have a 28-33 record (33-27-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the East. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Raptors with a 113-98 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Vucevic with 20.6 ppg, adding 3.9 dimes and a team high 12.1 boards per game. He is followed by Aaron Gordon with 15.6 ppg, 3.6 dimes and 7.3 boards per game.
Magic have won both previous meetings against the Knicks earlier this season (at home by 14 points and on the road by 26). Knicks have a 5-24 home record, while the Magic are 12-17 on the road. Both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 106 and 105.7 ppg, while Magic are better defensively, allowing 106.8 ppg to Magic’s 114.1. Magic have better percentages both in field goals (45.1% to 43.1%) and in 3-pointers (35.4% to 33.9%). Both teams are very close in turnovers committed (12.9 to 13.1) and are equal in boards grabbed (44.5 each), while Magic are better in dimes made (25 to 19.9). Vegas odds give the Magic a -6.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the Knicks are playing much better lately and will definitely force a closer game at home.
Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks Prediction: New York Knicks +6.5 (-105)
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