NBA Picks: Magic Will Pull Away Against the Knicks Tonight in Orlando

Charles Stark

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 11:44 AM GMT

There is a lot to like about the Knicks this season. Today though, my NBA pick goes to the Orlando Magic to handle things at home. Let's review the NBA odds and put them in our favor.

NBA odds
NBA odds makers have the Magic as favorite at a -1.5 -105 at Pinnacle. I am ok with that small number, so, for my NBA pick of the day, I will be backing Orlando to pull away at the end and win this game by close to double digits.

 

New York Knicks
The Knicks are averaging 97.6 points per game, 41.5% shooting from the field, and 34.1% from beyond the arc. They are not quite a playoff team, but it is easy to get excited about the future with Porzingas playing like an all star. They are hitting the glass hard averaging just over 55 total rebounds per game which ranks seventh in the NBA. Of course Carmelo Anthony is leading the way with 22.5 points per game, but the difference for them this year has mainly been defensively.

Defensively, the Knicks are allowing 97.7 points per game, 42.2% shooting from the field, and 29.4% from beyond the arc. Talk about a turnaround this season, New York leads the NBA in opponent three point shooting percentage and have been solid at controlling the pace of games only allowing 83.3 field goal attempts per contest. Tonight that will really be the battle because they are facing an Orlando team that puts up more shots than anyone in the NBA per game.

 

Orlando Magic
The Magic are averaging 100.6 points per game, 42.7% shooting from the field, and 34.9% from the field. For what they lack in shooting percentage they make for in pace as they lead the NBA at 90.1 field goal attempts per game, as mentioned. This is a very young team, but I like what Scott Skiles is putting together out there every night and I look for them to make the playoffs next season. With an up and coming point guard in Elfrid Payton, and beast in the middle in Nikola Vucevic, and some skill players on the perimeter like Evan Fournier, Tobias Harris, and Victor Oladipo, this team has a nice ceiling.

Defensively, Orlando is allowing 102 points per game, 42.7% shooting from the field, and 33.4% from distance. Like the Knicks, they have improved on this end of the floor this season ranking sixth in opponent shooting percentage. Their defense for the most part has taken a back seat to their desire to push pace, but tonight I like how they match up with New York to get enough stops to pull out a solid win.

This is a good matchup of two teams starting to put together a better year than last season. Although I like how the Knicks play defense, for one of your NBA picks, I recommend backing the better offensive, and in my opinion better coached, team in the Magic to easily cover the small number.

Free NBA Pick: Magic -1.5 at Pinnacle

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