Magic vs Knicks Prediction - NBA Picks 1/15/24

New York Knicks (22-16) vs Orlando Magic (21-17)

Game Info: Monday, January 15, 2024 at 3:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Knicks -7.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks do battle at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Here’s a Magic vs Knicks Prediction.

Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic have been in a slump as they've lost six of their last eight games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a three-game skid after getting routed by the Thunder in a 112-100 road defeat on Saturday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Caleb Houston and Cole Anthony scored 14 points each while Jalen Suggs chipped in with just nine points. As a team, the Magic shot 46 percent from the field and seven of 35 from the 3-point line, but they got off to another slow start and were always trailing after scoring just 19 points in the second quarter.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Paolo Banchero is one of only three players in the league to be leading his team for points, rebounds and assists this season.
  • Jalen Suggs ranks 5th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.

New York Knicks

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in fine form as they've won six of their last seven games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after routing the Grizzlies in a 106-94 road win on Saturday. Julius Randle led the team with 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Miles McBride added 19 points with five assists, OG Anunoby added 18 points while Isaiah Hartenstein chipped in with 12 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks. As a team, the Knicks shot 48 percent from the field and 13 of 38 from the 3-point line as they wrestled with the Grizzlies in a tightly contested first half, before they dominated the third quarter by 30-15 to take the lead for good in a solid road win.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Knicks rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.6).
  • The Knicks ranks 1st in the league for rebound percentage this season (53.1%).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.8).
  • The Magic rank 2nd in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.4).

Magic vs Knicks Prediction

The Magic are still missing Gary Harris and they have Wendell Carter Jr listed as questionable, while the Knicks have listed Jalen Brunson as questionable for this one. These two teams last met on Dec 29 and it was the Magic who won by 117-108, but they've been hit hard by injuries since then and are coming into this one low on confidence compared to the Knicks who are quietly playing some of their best basketball of the season. This should be a close one, but I'm sticking with the Knicks to maintain their momentum with another win and cover here.

 

 

Peter’s Pick New York -7.5

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