NBA Picks: Orlando Magic vs. NY Knicks

PJ Laferla

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 3:32 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 3:32 PM GMT

Our NBA picks for Wednesday, January 30 has us focused on a matchup between the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks, but while Carmelo Anthony and company are clearly the better team will they cover?

Does this mean they will beat the odds tonight? Find out our section for this game below as we offer a betting analysis and free picks.

NBA Picks: Hapless Magic vs. Knicks In New York

The crippled Orlando Magic (14-30 SU, 13-7 ATS away) will be on the road this evening, as they will attempt to snap their six-game losing streak when they challenge the New York Knicks in a contest that features two teams headed into different directions as we begin the back end of the 2012/13 NBA campaign.

Tip off in this one is set for 7:35 PM EST from Madison Square Garden in New York and can be seen live on television, with broadcast coverage provided by Fox Sports and MSG networks.

As it stands right now, the Knicks are -10 point home favorites on the NBA odds board, which seems to be consistent with all the sportsbooks, but if you are siding with New York in this one, it might be wise to shop for a 9 ½ with a recommended outlet listed on SBRodds.com. The total is coming in at 200 points on the nose, which makes sense given the history of points scored when these two teams lock horns. Below you will see what I am talking about.

Orlando Magic

To say Orlando is a team that is struggling would be a huge understatement. The Magic come into play tonight having lost six straight games, eight of ten and 17 of their last 19. Not to mention they are also a poor road team that has only won six of twenty games played away from the Amway Center this season.

Orlando is also starting to stockpile losses against the spread, as they are 0-6 ATS in their last six overall, 0-5 ATS in their last five versus Eastern Conference opponents, 0-4 ATS when playing on one day’s rest and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 versus teams from the Atlantic Division.

Orlando is also 0-4 against the spread in its last four matchups versus the Knicks.

The Magic can’t seem to buy a point spread cover these days.

Orlando shoots 45.5% from the floor and averages 95.5 points scored per game, but when scoring fewer than 90 points in a matchup, they have failed to win a game, going 0-13 in that scenario.

New York Knicks

New York continues to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference this season and are still holding tight to their first place spot in the Atlantic Division, though their lead has shrunk to 1 ½ games over Brooklyn. The Nets are gaining ground and fighting for bragging rights as the best team in “The Big Apple.”

While the Knicks are winning straight up, they have been a disappointment to us bettors lately – especially on their home floor where they are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games played at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks are one of the better-balanced teams in the league, with the 10th best offense, averaging 100.4 point per night and the eight best defense that is surrendering fewer than 97 points to opponents (96.3).

New York is 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 matchups played on a Wednesday and 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus teams from the Southeast Division.

Over/Under

Both teams seem to be in a good position to make this game go over the posted total. Orlando is over in 16 of their last 22 games overall and five of their last seven played on the road. Meanwhile, New York is over in 9 of their last 13 games played at home against a team with a losing record on the road. Additionally, 15 of the last 21 meeting between these two teams have eclipsed the total.

[gameodds]5/157387/43/us[/gameodds]

The Pick

When facing a team that is in the midst of a losing drought, you need to play harder and eager than ever to earn and win because f you take them lightly they can steal a victory from you; which could hurt you in a tight Eastern Conference where playoff positioning is important.

I do not think this will happen to New York tonight, as they will win this game outright and also cover the double-digit point spread, possibly winning this game by 20 points or more.

The NBA pick is this contest is to lay the chalk with New York.

NBA Picks: Knicks -10

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