Orlando Magic (9-14) at New York Knicks (11-10)
|Date & Time||Monday December 31, 1979, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Knicks -- Over/Under:
The Orlando Magic and New York Knicks meet Sunday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Orlando Magic could use a feel good victory after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 108.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 111.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 19 points and 8.3 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 17.9 points and 3.1 assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost seven straight road games.
The New York Knicks look for a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 103.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 25.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have won eight of their last 10 home games.
The Magic are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Knicks are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Magic are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New York, 6-14-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the over is 20-8-1 in the last 29 meetings.
Assuming Porzingis is going to play, you have to like the Knicks here. New York has played really good basketball at home and the Magic have lost seven straight on the road and aren't the same team that started the season off hot. Until the Magic can return to decent form, they're fade material, especially on the road against a good home team. I'll lay the small chalk with the Knicks.