The New York Knicks (42-32) have maintained the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference despite being on a two-game losing streak. They now have to take on the Orlando Magic (30-43) at the Amway Center on Thursday.
The Knicks suffered defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat (127-120) last night. RJ Barrett and Jalen Brunson were the leading scorers in the losing cause, scoring 26, and 25 points, respectively. Julius Randle had a rather off day as he could finish the game with only 15 points. The Knicks were blown away by Jimmy Butler’s performance, who turned up the heat for Miami, scoring 35 points in the win.
The Knicks are now 5-5 in their last 10 as they get ready to take on the Magic, who are coming off a win against the Washington Wizards (122-112) in their previous outing.
Gary Harris has been going in strong form for the Magic in recent games and stepped up once again with 22 points. Franz Wagner also finished the game with 20 points. The entire starting lineup scored in double digits, leading the team to a 10-point win. Only Kristaps Porzingis looked in scoring touch for the Wizards, ending up with 30 points on the night.
New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic: Match Details
Fixture: New York Knicks @ Orlando Magic
Date & Time: Thursday, March 23, 2023, 07:00 p.m ET
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic: Injury Report
The Knicks will be coming into this game in full strength while the Magic is dealing with a couple of injuries. Jalen Suggs is out for tonight’s game due to a concussion while Jonathan Isaac is out for the season with a groin injury.
New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic: Injury List
|Jalen Suggs||Orlando Magic||Out||Injury|
|Jonathan Isaac||Orlando Magic||Out||Groin|
New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic: Betting Odds
|New York Knicks||-150||-3 (-110)||O 229 (-110)|
|Orlando Magic||+130||+3 (-110)||U 229 (-110)|
New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic: Starting 5s
Knicks: F RJ Barrett, F Julius Randle, C Mitchell Robinson, G Jalen Brunson, G Quentin Grimes
Magic: F Franz Wagner, F Paolo Banchero, C Wendell Carter Jr., G Markelle Fultz, G Gary Harris
New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic: Betting Prediction
The Knicks have a 2-0 lead over the Magic in the two games they have played this season. They now have a chance to make it three wins in a row. The Magic is 4-6 in their last 10 games although they have a win in their previous game. On the offensive front, the Knicks are doing a lot better, scoring 115.4 ppg, 13th in the league whereas the Magic rank 26th in the league, averaging 111.7 ppg.
The Knicks are better in defense as well, conceding 112.8 ppg, 12th in the league, while the Magic are ranked 17th, conceding 114.4 ppg. Although they are hosting the game, their home record is on the negative side at 17-19, which doesn’t give them an advantage. Since the Knicks are still active in the playoff race, expect them to cover the spread tonight.