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NBA Preview - Magic at Knicks

March 23, 2009

NBA Betting Preview - Orlando Magic at New York Knicks (Monday 7:30 ET)

The Orlando magic are currently a 6-point road favorite with a game total of 217.

The Orlando Magic are fighting for playoff positioning and bettors are jumping all over them tonight against the New York Knicks.

Orlando is a six-point road favorite after opening up at five, and 92% of Sportsbook.com bettors are backing them.

These teams met Saturday in Central Florida, with New York losing 110-103 as 13-point underdogs. 

The Magic have won nine of 11 overall (8-3 ATS) and have benefited from Boston injuries, fighting for second seed in the Eastern Conference.

This will be Orlando's second back-to-back series this season, having won and covered previously against Atlanta in early January.

With just 13 games left in the regular season, Orlando (51-18, 45-24 ATS) can't get ahead of themselves, even against a team like New York.

The Magic play host to Boston on Wednesday and have to stay the same course that has them 24-11 and 25-10 ATSon the road this season.

New York (28-41, 39-29-1 ATS) had brought themselves to the edge of playoff discussion, but four losses in a row means another trip back to the lottery.

Coach Mike D'Antoni, after years of success in Phoenix, knew this was a rebuilding job but is still disappointed.

The Knicks have been the recipient of a number of points all season and have been a solid wager; including being 21-10 ATSwhen playing against a team with a winning record this season.
 
Note that the Total is 217 points. The Knicks are 12-3 Over at MSG after a combined score of 205 points or more for two straight games.

The Magic are 13-4 Over in road games after covering two of their last three against the spread.

Orlando is most rested and is playing only their second game in five days, They are 13-4 ATS when this happens.

Also, the Knicks are 5-15 ATS in March home games the last three years.

Pick: Over 217 (-110)

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