The Orlando Magic will take on the New York Knicks at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The two sides played in Orlando on Friday night, where the Knicks got out to a commanding early lead and held on for the 121-96 win. The Magic have begun the season without many of their best players, and have the fifth-lowest field goal percentage in the NBA through two games.
New York is favored by 12-points in the latest Knicks vs. Magic odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 215. Before entering any Magic vs. Knicks picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.
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- Knicks vs. Magic spread: Knicks -12
- Knicks vs. Magic over-under: 215 points
What you need to know about the Magic
Two of the Magic's best players, guard Markelle Fultz and forward Jonathan Isaac, have both been out since last season with significant leg injuries. Neither is close to returning early in the season, and in the meantime, other key players like forward Chuma Okeke and guards Gary Harris and Michael Carter-Williams have been nursing injuries as well.
In the first game between these two on Friday night, Magic point guard Cole Anthony played 31 minutes, and finished with a 3-for-14 shooting night and four turnovers. Center Mo Bamba has stepped up on offense this season for Orlando, averaging 16.5 points per game. Rookie Franz Wagner has averaged 14 points through Orlando's first two outings.
What you need to know about the Knicks
In his return to Orlando on Friday night, former Magic guard Evan Fournier dropped 18 points on the strength of a 4-for-9 shooting effort from beyond the arc. Julius Randle led all scorers with 21 points, while adding 10 rebounds and seven assists.
In Orlando's first road game this season against San Antonio, the Spurs scored 56 points in the paint. New York's first home game this season was a double-overtime win against Boston, but the Knicks finished with 60 points in the paint in that game. Given how depleted the Magic's roster already is to start the year, New York should have no trouble wearing them down again around the basket.
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