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NBA Betting Lines: Knicks host Magic

The Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks meet on the hardwood at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, a matchup that has produced an OVER result in six straight games.

Orlando, riding a five-game winning streak, has dominated this series recently, going 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS in its past 10 meetings with New York. The Knicks have dropped each of their past six decisions heading into Monday's contest.

View Orlando vs New York Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Knicks as 1.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 206.5, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Knicks sit at No. 16 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Magic are at No. 4 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Magic will win this game 107-102.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 3-ranked offense (105.9 PPG) against a Magic defense that ranks No. 5 at 94.2 PPG. The Knicks have averaged 45.7% from the field per game, less than the Magic have managed so far this season (46.3% on average).

Defensively, the Magic feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 97.3 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Orlando, they were a 95-85 winner as they battled the Nets at home. The Magic failed to cover in the match as a 13-point favorite, while 180 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Dwight Howard scored 21 points and added 14 rebounds for a double-double, leading Orlando over New Jersey, 95-85, on Friday at Amway Center.

New York lost its last outing, a 114-106 result against the Bobcats on March 26. The Knicks failed to cover in that game as a 5-point favorite, while the 220 combined points took the game OVER the total. Carmelo Anthony chucked in 36 points for New York on Saturday, but they still came up short in losing 114-106 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 7-3
After playing New Jersey are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing New Jersey are 4-6
After playing Charlotte are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7


A few Magic at Knicks trends to consider:
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing New York
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 5 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 7 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of New York's last 12 games

Next up:
Orlando at Atlanta, Wednesday, March 30
New York home to New Jersey, Wednesday, March 30

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