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Knicks visit Magic in hoops battle

New York KnicksOrlando Magic
8-18December 23, 2013, 07:00 | Amway Center8-19

New York pays a visit to Orlando on Monday, hoping to send the Magic to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Amway Center.

Supporters of the Knicks have seen them go 8-18 and 9-17 ATS so far this season, while the Magic are at 8-19 and 13-13-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Magic are 12-15, while the Knicks are 14-12.

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The visitors opened this morning as 1.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 192 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game matches up the No. 27 (Magic) and the No. 13 (Knicks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 87-86 result in favor of the Knicks is predicted by handicapping models.

New York lost its last outing, a 95-87 result against the Grizzlies on December 21. The Knicks got a terrific 30-point performance from Carmelo Anthony but Memphis handed them a 95-87 defeat on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Last time out for Orlando, they were a 105-100 loser as they battled the Kings at home. The Magic failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite, while 205 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Magic wasted a 26-point performance from Arron Afflalo as Sacramento ran past them 105-100 on Saturday at Amway Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Knicks rank No. 29 in the league with 38.62 per game. That compares with Orlando’s No. 18 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Orlando is the NBA’s No. 14-ranked team at 7.56 per game, while the Knicks rate No. 6 with 8.88 per contest.

Next up:
New York home to Seattle, Wednesday, December 25th
Orlando home to Detroit, Friday, December 27th