The NBA brings more action tonight as the Orlando Magic will grapple with the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York.
The Magic are heading into this game after a defeat in the game against the Celtics with a score of 116-111. And on the other side, the Knicks beat Cleveland 139-134 in overtime on the road Monday night.
Orlando Magic Form
The Magic suffered a disappointing defeat in the game against the Celtics. Also, they were a bit unlucky as the showed great character in that game. Yet, this Orlando team is having a good season so far. They are placed on the 2nd place the Southeast Division, 12.5 games behind the Heat. As for the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team held the final playoff spot by four games over the Bulls. Nevertheless, the team needs to improve their away record as so far they are at 9-16.
On the offensive side of the game, the Magic score an average of 103.3 points per game so far this season. Orlando has 44.7 boards combined 22.8 assists per game this season. Also, the Magic is first in the league in scoring defence as they allow only 104.6 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic is their main player with 18.8 points plus 10.9 rebounds per contest this season.
New York Knicks Form
The Knicks are heading into this game after a solid display in the game against the Cavaliers. Also, they have shown some potential lately as they won their last two games including a good win over the Pacers. And that form can have a galvanizing effect on the Knicks. Also, they aim to move out of the cellar of the Atlantic Division. The Knicks are 21.5 games behind the Raptors for the top spot. As for the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team is 13th, 7.5 games behind the Magic for the final playoff spot.
On the offensive side of the game, the Knicks score 103.8 points per game. And that record is enough for the 28th spot in the league in scoring. Also, NY has an average of 46.3 boards a night combined with 21.2 assists per contest this year. Additionally, the Knicks are 17th in scoring defence by conceding an average of 111.2 points per game this season.
The Magic will be playing their 3rd game in four days and that will be a barrier for them in this game. On the other side, the Knicks are playing well. And they showed that in the last two games. Therefore, I expect that their good form to continue in this game. Take New York to win this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks 02/05/2020 is: take the New York Knicks (Moneyline).
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