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New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic - 12/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic (15-11) at New York Knicks (14-14)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -3 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, MSG

The Orlando Magic and New York Knicks square off Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Orlando Magic look for a nice road win after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 100.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 98.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 15.9 points and 8.7 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds. Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.8 assists and Evan Fournier is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Magic are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last eight road games.

New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic - 12/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Knicks look for a nice win to get a game above a .500 record. The New York Knicks are averaging 97.7 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 99.3 points on 43 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 21.7 points and 7.5 rebounds while Arron Afflalo is averaging 13.6 points and 1.7 assists. Kristaps Porzingis is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Langston Galloway is dishing 2.1 assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. The Knicks are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game. The New York Knicks have split their last six home games. The New York Knicks have won four of their last five home games.

The Magic are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest. The Knicks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Magic are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New York and 3-10-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall. 

Usually we back the Magic and the points, but the Magic are coming off a tough Sunday loss and now have to play a rested Knicks team at home. New York is gaining confidence and playing well at MSG. I'll take New York and lay the bucket. 

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New York Knicks -3

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