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New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic Odds
The visiting Knicks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Amway Center against the Magic.
Orlando battles the Knicks, currently with a 22-10 mark (17-15 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 15-16-1 for the Magic and 17-13-2 for the Knicks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Knicks listed as 8-point favorites earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 195.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Magic at No. 21 and the Knicks at No. 17 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-94 result in favor of the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Orlando's No. 25-ranked offense (93.3 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 12 at 96.8 PPG. The Magic have averaged 45.3% from the field per game, more than the Knicks have managed so far this season (44.9% on average).
Defensively, the Knicks feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.4 points per game. Orlando, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 in the league in scoring at home.
The Knicks were a 100-83 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Spurs. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (183) made winners of UNDER bettors. New York got 23 points from Carmelo Anthony en route to a 100-83 victory over San Antonio on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Last time out for Orlando, they were a 96-94 loser as they battled the Bulls at home. The Magic covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 190 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Orlando got 32 points from Jameer Nelson en route to a 96-94 loss at the hands of Orlando on Wednesday at Amway Center.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 2-8
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a win are 5-5
Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Portland are 4-6
After playing Chicago are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7
A few Knicks at Magic trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New York's last 11 games when playing Orlando
New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
New York is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Orlando's last 11 games when playing New York
Orlando is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against New York
New York home to Boston, Monday, January 7
Orlando at Portland, Monday, January 7