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2021 NBA Handicapping
(1-0) New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic (0-1)
Date: Friday, October 22nd
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Knicks -255 | Magic +205 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -6.5 | Magic +6.5
NBA Betting Total: 213
After two COVID-shortened camapigns, NBA basketball is back in full gear as the 2021-22′ season begins.
Here we consider whether prohibitive road underdog Orlando can upset the betting line vs. a playoff-tested New York Knicks group.
The Knicks carry fresh hopes after posting a 41-31, 2021 record which ended the franchise’s lengthy playoff drought. However, that joy turned to offseason renovation following a quick first-round exit vs. Atlanta.
Meanwhile, Orlando wades knee-deep in what figures to be a lengthy rebuild. The Magic are all about player development after finishing 21-51 last year under deposed sideline leader Steve Clifford.
Longtime Western Conference assistant instructor Jamahal Mosley takes the reigns as Orlando’s newest head coach. Mosley inherits a roster filled with inexperienced newcomers and fringe rotation vets.
The Magic and Knicks split their season series 1-1 last year. Yet, due to summer improvements, New York holds -6.5 odds for Friday’s matchup.
New York Knicks
New York began its regular season Wednesday with a thrilling 138-134 double OT home win against Boston. Behind clutch Evan Fournier (32 points) and Julius Randle (35) performances, NYK nullified Jaylen Brown’s 46-point instant classic.
Both teams connected often from deep, though New York added +2 FTM and timely offensive explosion from Fournier in the waning OT frame.
Fournier drilled his former employer Boston to the tune of four 3PT in both extra periods. That two free throw edge also weighed in at close quarters.
With the Garden contingent satisfied, the man of the hour Fournier simply stated his opening-night heroics “were crazy,” per ESPN.
RJ Barrett (19), Obi Toppin (14), and Mitchell Robinson (11 PTS, 17 RBS) rounded New York’s second scoring wave. Meanwhile, veteran Knicks guards Kemba Walker (3-8 FG, 10 PTS) and Derrick Rose (3-11 9 PTS) struggled on an otherwise uplifting night.
After an off day Thursday to rest and prepare, New York holds sizable matchup edges over Orlando. Julius Randle, RJ Barrett and Evan Fournier can torch Magic defenders at will.
Further, Kemba Walker can teach rookie Jalen Suggs the importance of professional nuance. Reserves Alec Burks, Toppins, Rose and Immanuel Quickley will also prove too much for Orlando.
Nerlens Noel remains out for New York, while Taj Gibson is listed as day-to-day.
Rebuilding Orlando entered the season unheralded, and did not disappoint with Wednesday’s 123-97 blowout defeat vs. San Antonio. The Magic defense collapsed, allowing 50 percent Spurs shooting and 13 of 30 deep connects.
Offensively, the Magic weren’t much better while netting just 40/31/78 shooting. Mo Bamba (18) led all Magic scorers as touted rookie Jalen Suggs committed three turnovers, three fouls and netted only 3 of 14 makes.
Obviously, to at least cover against a much better Knicks squad Suggs must find his NBA rhythm. If not, Orlando struggles with shot creation, rim pressure and all the other elements a quality point guard provides.
It is asking a lot of Orlando to remain close this early in their ground-level rebuild against hungry New York.
Chuma Okeke, Gary Harris and E’Twuan Moore are listed as day-to-day. Jonathan Issac, Markelle Fultz and Michael Carter-Williams are out for Friday’s contest.
- Orlando is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
- Orlando is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- New York is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
- New York is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Free New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
As stated, the Knicks are much better in every regard than Orlando. Frankly, the -6.5 road spread doesn’t quite do NYK justice.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks -6.5
Take New York to cover its spread in style tonight.
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