Pick Magic vs. Celtics to go Over 194.5

Jeff Grant

Friday, December 6, 2013 3:28 PM GMT

The New York Knicks put on a shooting display from long range last night, which should carry over against the Orlando Magic Friday. Find out why we believe that the NBA odds have been set too low when it comes to the game's total.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this Eastern Conference matchup at Madison Square Garden, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Road trippin’  

Orlando is set to make its third stop on its current six-game road trip, as it comes off a 126-125 double-overtime setback to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in six contests. 

The Magic are 1-7 SU and 5-3 ATS on the road during the 2013-14 campaign, with no clear edge in terms of the total (4-4 Over/Under). 

Getting back in the win column 

New York ended its nine-game losing streak by picking up a 113-83 blowout victory over the Brooklyn Nets as 1.5-point road favorites Thursday, with six players scoring in double figures. 

Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists—a performance that should carry over due to averaging 26.56 points in last season’s four-game season series sweep of the Magic.

Keep an eye on the injury report 

NBA handicappers need to keep a close eye on the injury report, as the Magic could welcome back point guard Jameer Nelson and center Nikola Vucevic to the floor, as they’ve been hampered by foot and ankle injuries respectively. 

Vucevic is a key piece to the offense, as he’s scored in double figures 13 times and finished with 20 or more points on four occasions. 

Quite a situation 

The Knicks are a downtrodden 1-7 SU and 0-8 ATS at this venue this season, with the OVER going 6-2 in that situation.

New York hasn’t lost eight consecutive home games since 1963, while the OVER is 7-0 in the last seven meetings in this series when played in the Big Apple.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers look at the total with their NBA picks, as the OVER is 19-7 in the Magic’s last 26 games on two days rest, while the Knicks have climbed above the number in five of seven following a SU win.

NBA Pick:  Over 194.5