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Knicks vs. Magic - 1/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic (15-30) at New York Knicks (7-36)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks +1.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, MSG

The Orlando Magic and New York Knicks play Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Orlando Magic have lost nine of their last 11 games and wrap up a two-game road trip. On the season, the Magic are averaging 95.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 101.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19 points and 11.1 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 18 points and 6.9 rebounds. Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.9 assists and Channing Frye is shooting 39.5 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic continue to fall short due to a defense that’s allowing 51 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. The Magic have allowed 100-plus points in seven straight games, which includes 128 points in a Wednesday loss to the Pistons. The good news for the Magic is that they’re as healthy as they’ve been all year.

Knicks vs. Magic - 1/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Knicks look for a season-high third straight victory when they play this game. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 92.8 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 24 points and 3.1 assists while Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Langston Galloway is dishing 3.2 assists and Tim Hardaway Jr. is shooting 39 percent from the field. The New York Knicks have turned to their defense during this run, as they’ve allowed 95 or less points in their last three games. To completely turn things around, the Knicks offense that’s shooting just 43 percent from the field in their last five games has to improve. Cleanthony Early is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.

The Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Knicks are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Magic are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.

Once again we have a toss up game between two of the bottom feeding teams in the East. And while the Magic have shown more promise and play their best ball on the road, the Knicks are at home and seem to playing harder over the last week or so.. I don't love the pick but I'll side with the Knicks here. 

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