New York Knicks at Orlando Magic NBA Odds, Pick, and Prediction for Friday, October 22

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Thursday’s three-game NBA slate featured a couple of blowouts and a thrilling Pacific Division battle between the Clippers and Warriors. Friday’s schedule brings a whopping 10 games to the forefront, with no shortage of intriguing matchups. The game between the Knicks and Magic in Orlando likely won’t be at the top of anybody’s list when it comes to games to watch, but there is some betting value to attack in this one.

New York picked up an impressive double-overtime win over the rival Celtics in their season opener on Wednesday. The Knicks impressively bolstered their roster this summer with the additions of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, and both were on display the other night as they helped their new team get off to a 1-0 start. The Magic, meanwhile, were thrashed in their first game of the new season by the Spurs in San Antonio.

The Magic will return home for the first time this season to host the Knicks on Friday night at Amway Center. New York is listed as a healthy 7.5-point favorite in the latest odds at BetOnline.

Knicks at Magic Betting Odds

Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total
New York Knicks -7.5 (-115) -330 Over 213 points (-110)
Orlando Magic +7.5 (-105) +275 Under 213 points (-110)

Knicks

The Knicks surprised a lot of people last season when they won 41 games on their way to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. It was New York’s first playoff appearance in nearly a decade. While the team would go on to fall in five games to the upstart Hawks in the first round, Tom Thibodeau built up plenty of goodwill. A coaching hire that drew plenty of ridicule initially paid impressive dividends for the Knicks right away.

Now, the team is facing real expectations. The additions of Fourier and Walker give New York much more backcourt depth than they enjoyed a season ago. Walker – even if he’s no longer in his athletic prime – is still a massive upgrade over last year’s starter, Elfrid Payton. Fournier, meanwhile, gives the team a proven wing scorer capable of taking pressure off of the likes of Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, and others.

So far, so good. Fournier wasted no time endearing himself to his new fanbase in Wednesday’s win over Boston. The veteran journeyman scored 32 points on blistering 13-for-25 shooting from the field, including a number of huge buckets in both overtime sessions. The Knicks got a typically excellent showing out of Randle, who led the team with 35 points to go along with eight rebounds, nine assists, and three blocked shots.

Thibodeau is known for getting the absolute most out of his roster, especially on the defensive end of the floor. New York impressively ranked tied for third in the league in defensive rating last year, yielding just 105.7 points per 100 possessions. Only the Lakers and 76ers were more stingy on that end of the floor. That was quite a turnaround from the 2019-20 campaign when the Knicks finished a dismal 23rd in the same category. That year, the team surrendered more than 110 points per 100 possessions.

They’re in a good spot tonight against a Magic team that figures to struggle tremendously on the offensive end of the floor. The Magic were second-to-last in offensive efficiency last season, scoring just 102.9 points per 100 possessions. Let’s not forget that they had Fournier, Nikola Vucevic, and Aaron Gordon for over half of the year. Orlando figures to be even worse in that regard this season with one of the youngest rosters in the sport. That looked to be the case on opening night, when they were held to just 97 points by a Spurs team that does not project to be a particularly stout defensive side.

Magic

Things could be better for the Magic. Orlando decided to move on from head coach Steve Clifford last season shortly after the team decided to embrace yet another rebuild. The Magic have been one of the most directionless franchises in basketball over the past decade or so, and they finally decided to pull the plug on their veteran core at least year’s trade deadline.

While the Magic aren’t going to sniff the playoffs this year, the team does have quite a bit of young talent. Orlando nabbed Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner with their lottery picks earlier this summer. They’ll add them to a group that already includes Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, RJ Hampton, Wendell Carter Jr., and Mo Bamba. Hampton is the only player in that group that wasn’t selected in the lottery, but he has already shown a bit of promise early in his career.

While the Magic do have plenty of intriguing young players, it’ll be hard for head coach Jamahl Mosley to navigate his first year on the bench. Orlando is pretty shorthanded right now, as well. Fultz and Isaac are still recovering from injuries they suffered last year, while Chuma Okeke, Michael Carter-Williams, and E’Twaun Moore are also sidelined. The team has also lost swingman Gary Harris indefinitely after he suffered a hamstring injury shortly before Wednesday’s game in San Antonio.

Mosley still ran a 10-man rotation in Wednesday’s game, with the minutes spread pretty evenly. No player logged more than Wagner’s 32 minutes, while Suggs and Cole Anthony were the only others to play at least 30. Suggs, the fifth overall pick in the draft, struggled in his debut. He converted just three of his 14 looks from the field on his way to 10 points. Bamba led the team with 18 points, while Terrence Ross supplied 15 off the bench.

Knicks at Magic NBA Pick

Based on what we’ve seen from both of these teams, the point spread should be bigger than it is. The Knicks may not be a realistic championship contender, but I do think they’re still a rock-solid playoff team in the East that should compete for home-court advantage in the first round. On the flip side, Orlando will likely be fighting with the likes of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder for the first pick in next year’s draft.

The Magic will presumably be terrible on both ends of the floor all year long. On Wednesday, Orlando conceded 123 points to a Spurs team that would be lucky to finish in a play-in spot in the Western Conference. There are just too many inexperienced players for this team to be anything but a porous defensive squad all year long. The Knicks aren’t offensive world-beaters themselves, but they did improve the offense a bit with their aforementioned offseason moves.

The line movement tells you all you need to know about this one. The Knicks opened as 4.5-point favorites before public betting pushed it to 6.5. New  York is now at -7.5 at BetOnline, and that line could keep moving before tip. It’s getting a little high for my liking, but the Knicks should still win this one pretty easily. I don’t see how Orlando is going to stay competitive against New York’s stout defense. Take the Knicks to cover on the road tonight.

Pick: Knicks -7.5 (-115)
Odds: -129
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Knicks at Magic Betting Recap:

  • Oddsmaker: BetOnline
  • Moneylines: Knicks -330, Magic +275
  • Point spread: Knicks -7.5 (-115), Magic +7.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under: Over 213 points (-110), Under 213 points (-110)
  • Prediction: Knicks -7.5 (-115)
Taylor Smith

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