Orlando Has Too Much Magic For The Knicks Sunday

Doug Upstone

Saturday, November 10, 2018 3:23 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 3:23 PM UTC

The Orlando Magic visit the New York Knicks at MSG Sunday night. This is their first meeting of the season and they will connect again next Sunday in Central Florida where Mickey Mouse hangs out.

Orlando (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS) at New York (4-8, 7-4-1 ATS)Sunday,7:30 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Orlando ATSBest Line Offered: Pinnacle

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After completing a three-game homestand Friday night, Orlando makes a quick trip north to face the Knicks on Sunday and Washington on Monday. On the season the Magic are 2-2 and 3-1 ATS against the NBA odds on the road, losing by an average of -3.3 per contest.

The Knicks were at Toronto on Saturday afternoon and return home for this confrontation and are back out on the road for three games beginning in Oklahoma City. New York is 2-4 and 3-2-1 ATS at MSG.

Magic Musings

On Wednesday night, Orlando took a two-point lead at home into the fourth quarter against Detroit and ended up losing 103-96. Afterward, Magic coach Steve Clifford went off on his team for being outworked in the final 12 minutes at home against a team that came into the game on a five-game losing streak.

“It doesn’t mean anything when you lose. It’s a team sport. You can’t play five guys and win. Everybody’s gotta be ready to play,” Clifford said. “One of the things that does have to change is that we have to have, all of us, expectations of playing well, instead of just saying, ‘This guy did this good,’ and all this stuff and the fans saying, ‘Good job.’ It’s not OK.

Clifford's point is that winning is what matters, not it one player has a 20-10 night or scores 30 points, a loss is a loss. Though Orlando has its share of young players, Nikola Vucevic is 28 and Evan Fournier is 26 and both have been in the league at least. We are not suggesting they are the problem, but they have to hold others accountable on a nightly basis if the Magic are to not only win this game but do better than 35 wins on the season.

On Friday, Orlando played a more complete game and beat Washington 117-108 as four-point underdogs.

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Knicks Noise

While Knicks fans were abuzz seeing Kristaps Porzingis running on Instagram this week, coach David Fizdale said New York's power forward is no closer to playing today than he was a month ago.

Fizdale does not want to talk about who might play in the future, he wants to know about who he has ready for this game. As Knicks players have found out, their head coach is interested in winning and production and those who can help their team win will see the most minutes and be playing in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is not going a - Defensive Player of Year Award - but his evolving offensive game has Fizdale working to get him more looks to improve on his 24.3 points a game scoring average. That includes using big bodies like Enes Kanter and Noah Vonleh to clear space and make themselves available for a pass.

The Knickerbockers record is mediocre, but their spread record of 7-4-1 tells the story of a team that is playing hard, being coached up and making improvements. How will that translate into tonight's contest?

The Outcome

For NBA picks we will side with Orlando as a short underdog. The Magic are 15-7-1 ATS on the road in their last 23 games and the visitor in this matchup has covered six of seven.

Doug's NBA Picks: 2-2-1

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