The Knicks and Magic will square off tonight with both teams looking to get back on track after some recent losses. This will be the first time that these two play each other this season and the spread indicates that this will be a close game. Let's take a closer look with our Knicks vs Magic prediction and NBA Picks for 12/28/23.
New York Knicks
The Knicks, holding a record of 17-13, are coming off a recent win against the Bucks, where Jalen Brunson played a significant role, scoring 38 points. However, they followed that up with a loss to the Thunder. They've been averaging 115.1 points per game and are known for their solid defensive play, allowing an average of only 113.3 points in their recent road games.
On the other hand, the Orlando Magic, with a record of 18-12, recently secured a win against the Wizards but then got smoked by the Sixers. They have been performing well at home with a record of 11-4. However, their three-point shooting has been a weak point, with a shooting percentage of just 33.7% from beyond the arc.
Defensive Play: Both teams have shown strong defensive capabilities, which could be a significant factor in this game.
Home Advantage: The Magic’s strong home record suggests an advantage at the Amway Center.
Offensive Tactics: The Knicks' offense has been more efficient overall, but the Magic's defense could pose challenges.
Spread: Orlando Magic -1 to -1.5 points
Total Points: Under 228.5
Orlando Magic: 20 wins in 30 games against the spread this year, with a 9-3 record as 1.5-point favorites or greater.
New York Knicks: 16-13-1 record against the spread, 6-8-1 as 1.5-point underdogs or greater.
Point Totals: Both teams have had games surpassing the 226.5-point mark multiple times this season.
This game promises to be an intriguing matchup, blending the Knicks' robust offense with the Magic's home-court strength and defensive tactics. The close spread and total points projection underline the expected competitiveness of this encounter.
Knicks / Magic Under (228.5)