Orlando Magic at New York Knicks Pick - 02/26/19
The New York Knicks (12-48) and the Orlando Magic (28-33) will face off in an Eastern Conference clash between the Atlantic and Southeast divisions. The tip is set for 7:30 PM ET and will be broadcasted for audiences nationally on ESPN with corresponding coverage on both FSN and MSG. The Magic have held the upper hand in this series as of late as they have won the last three meetings. Most recently, the Magic hosted New York in November and defeated them 131-117 to produce their third consecutive cover against the Knicks as a 4.5-point favorite.
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Orlando Magic at New York Knicks Overview
The Magic enter on an impressive upset where they were able to do something that few teams have done all season long: beat Toronto in the Great White North. The Magic orchestrated a dominant performance in Toronto when they put together a 113-98 victory over the Raptors as a seven-point underdog on Sunday. Undoubtedly, the result is a headline maker.
New York Knicks
The Knicks also enter into this match-up on the heels of a successful upset bid when they shocked the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. Closing as a nine-point underdog, the Knicks defeated the Spurs by a score of 130-118 to add to the list of documented road woes that San Antonio has undergone this season.
Reasons To Avoid Orlando
The question remaining in this game is which team is more subject to an overreaction more? That team would have to be the Magic as they had won only 11 games on the road this year previous to their triumph in Toronto on Sunday. The fact remains Orlando stormed into a hostile environment and walloped the defending Atlantic Division Champion on its own floor. This is a feat that will raise many eyebrows and be even more impressive from public perspective compared to the Knicks catching the Spurs off guard in the World’s Most Famous Arena.
Reasons To Back New York
New York’s upset is more likely to be written as a one-off as it is well-documented that this team is already planning for next season. However, the fact remains that a win like that which we saw the Knicks pull against the Spurs can revamp the morale and motivation of a team like the Knicks that find themselves in the doldrums. This team will be stepping into this game with more swag and perhaps believe that they have another rabbit under their hat for the visiting Magic who are still 12-17 SU away from Orlando this year. We have to like that prospect with points to play with.
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Magic at Knicks Prediction 02/26/2019
This game is a nationally televised fixture, and though neither team will be found in the NBA Finals this season, the potential for fireworks remains high. This game will a back and forth contest with perhaps many lead changes. As a result, we can expect to see New York come in under the number in what will be a hard-fought contest settled by a couple of baskets at most.