Orlando Magic (22-54) at New York Knicks (27-50)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 3, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Knicks -2.5 -- Over/Under:
The Orlando Magic and New York Knicks meet Tuesday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Orlando Magic could use a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 103.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 47 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18 points and 8.3 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 17.8 points and 2.9 assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic haven’t won a road game since February 5.
The New York Knicks could also use a feel good win after losing five of their last six games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 108.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.5 points and 2.7 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.1 points and 11 rebounds. Courtney Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Beasley is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Magic are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss. The Magic are 7-15-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings, the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 21-9-1 in the last 31 meetings.
It's tough picking a game between two teams that have nothing to play for and are often playing to lose at this point in hopes of a better draft pick. With that said, the Knicks are at home and are playing better basketball overall, which includes scoring 108.6 points in their last five games. Scoring is like pulling teeth often for these Magic, and they haven't won a road game in almost two months. The Knicks have also won five of the last eight meetings against the Magic. Give me the home team and the small chalk if I must pick this meaningless contest.