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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic
December 29, 2023
The New York Knicks will travel to Orlando, Florida to face the Orlando Magic at the Kia Center on Friday evening with the game tipping off at 7:00 PM ET and will air on Bally Sports Florida and the MSG channel.
New York enters this game with a record of 17-13 which gives them the 7
-best record in the Eastern Conference, however, they have lost two of their last three games including a 120-129 loss on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. The Knicks prefer to play at a slower pace than the average NBA teams which leads them to be one of the better defensive teams in the NBA as they are allowing 112.93 points per game which ranks 12
in the league, however, it also leads them to be a slightly below-average scoring team as they are averaging 115.23 points per game which is below the league average of 115.4 points per game.
Julius Randle remains one of the better players on the team as he is 2
on the team in scoring and leads the team in rebounds with an average of 22.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks will look to bounce back following the loss against the Thunder when they travel to face the Orlando Magic.
The Orlando Magic saw their two-game losing streak come to an end on Wednesday in blowout fashion with a 92-112 loss at home against the Philadelphia 76ers which has dropped their record to 18-12, however, they still have the 5
best record in the Eastern Conference. The Magic have been one of the best teams defensively, however, they are also one of the lower-scoring teams in the league because of the pace in which they play as they enter this game allowing an average of 110.7 points per game which ranks 6
in the NBA while averaging the 9
fewest points per game with an average of 112.9 points per game. The Orlando Magic will look to bounce back following Wednesday’s loss against the Philadelphia 76ers at home when they host the New York Knicks on Friday evening.
BookMaker has the Orlando Magic listed as 1-point favorites
at home against the New York Knicks on Friday evening. New York has won six of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. Both teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Knicks have covered the spread in two of the last three games in the series. The New York Knicks are 15-13-2 ATS overall, 9-8-1 ATS on the road, and 5-8-2 ATS as an underdog this season while the Orlando Magic are 20-10 ATS overall, 10-4 ATS at home, and 9-3 ATS as a favorite.
The Orlando Magic enter this game with a better record and have been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 20-10 ATS overall and have been one of the best teams in the NBA at covering the spread at home with a record of 10-4 ATS at home. The Knicks have also lost two of their last three games which is why I am laying the point with the Orlando Magic when they host the New York Knicks on Friday.
Spooky Express Pick: Orlando Magic -1
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