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Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks - 4/3/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Knicks at Orlando Magic
Date & Time Wednesday April 3, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Amway Center
Orlando, Florida
The Line
The Line: Orlando Magic -12.5 -- Over/Under: 212
TV Channel
MSG, FSFL
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The New York Knicks and Orlando Magic meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Amway Center.

The New York Knicks have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since February 24-26. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 114.1 points on 47 percent shooting. Emmanuel Mudiay is averaging 14.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 assists. Kevin Knox is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 11.4 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost each of their last seven road games.

The Orlando Magic look for another win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 106.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.6 points and 12 rebounds while Aaron Gordon is averaging 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Evan Fournier is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have won each of their last seven home games.

The Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 17-36 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Magic are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Knicks are 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Orlando and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Magic last 5 home games. The under is 5-1 in Knicks last 6 road games.

The Orlando Magic need to keep winning if they're going to catch the Miami Heat for the last playoff spot, but I'm not sure they deserve to be double-digit favorites against anybody. In fact, this is only the second time this season the Magic have been double-digit favorites and they're just 3-5 ATS when a favorite of six or more points. The New York Knicks are 10-15 ATS this season as double-digit underdogs, and while they have a lot of ugly losses on their resume, they have also been a lot more competitive since the all-star break and two of their 15 wins have come within their last eight games. The Knicks also beat the Magic in late February despite being 7.5-point underdogs. I don't like backing the Knicks as much as the next guy, but I'm not laying this big of a number with a subpar team in the Magic. 

Pick:
New York Knicks +12.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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