Orlando Magic (13-26) at New York Knicks (20-21)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -7 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Orlando Magic and New York Knicks meet Thursday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Orlando Magic need a win here to snap an eight game losing streak. The Orlando Magic are averaging 104.6 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 25 points and 11.6 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.5 points and 3.8 assists. Terrence Ross is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing seven rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game.
The New York Knicks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Knicks are averaging 105.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Julius Randle is averaging 23 points and 5.8 assists while RJ Barrett is averaging 17.2 points and six rebounds. Immanuel Quickley is the third double-digit scorer and Elfrid Payton is dishing 3.7 assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.
The Magic are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Knicks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Magic last 7 road games. The over is 5-1 in Knicks last 6 overall. The under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
The Orlando Magic have not only lost eight straight games, but they're losing their last five games by an average of 9.8 points and losing on the road by an average of 9.9 points. The New York Knicks are far more attractive in the underdog role than they are as favorites, but it's tough to back the Magic no matter the line. The Knicks are 9-4 against the spread as a favorite. I'll lay the chalk here if forced to pick.