New York Knicks (23-36) at Orlando Magic (18-39)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -3.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Knicks and Orlando Magic meet Thursday in NBA action at the Amway Center.
The New York Knicks are still looking for their first victory since January 30. The New York Knicks are averaging 103.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 16.7 points and 2.8 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 10.7 rebounds. Courtney Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Beasley is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost five straight road games.
The Orlando Magic could use a feel good win here after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 109.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.4 points and 8.3 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 17.9 points and 2.9 assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last six home games.
The Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Magic are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 11-2 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Knicks are 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Orlando, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The New York Knicks weren't a good basketball team with Kristaps Porzingis, and now they're almost fade material every night. The Knicks are being outscored by over 13 points in their last five games and 8.2 points on the road this season overall. The Porzingis injury not only hurts the Knicks offensively, but they're allowing almost 50 percent shooting since he went done. The Magic have been able to sprinkle in wins here and there, but they should be a better second half team with the expected returns of Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. You have to like the Magic and the small chalk here.