Orlando Magic aims playoff spot

Orlando Magic aims playoff spot

The Orlando Magic go against the New York Knicks with hopes of increasing their chance of entering the playoffs. Currently, the Magic still do not have a guaranteed spot in the playoffs. This is the main reason why they are aiming for more wins, so they could finally enter the playoff picture. On the other hand, the Knicks look to return on winning ways after a loss against the Timberwolves and the Heat. These losses are unfortunate since they are still aiming to improve their position in the playoffs. The meeting between these two teams in on March 24, 2023, at 7:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Magic playing as hosts.

This match is the third meeting between these two teams, with the visitors winning the two previous matches. Despite that record, the hosts are more comfortable coming into this game as they are coming from a win. The visitors on the other hand has a good record recently as well, having a winning run before their losses. These two teams are teams from the East, and it is the visitors who are in a much safer place. The hosts are at the 13th of the standings winning just 30 of their 43 games. Meanwhile, the visitors are at the fifth in the standings winning 42 of their 74 matches in the regular season.

Orlando Magic

NBA: Orlando Magic
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The Magic is coming into this game with aims of extending their good run this season. They are hoping to win three of their last four matches. They were able to bounce back from their loss against the Lakers, when they won their match against the Wizards. For this game, they are hoping to keep their momentum going, so they could win for the second straight time. Additionally, they are hoping to finally get a win against the Knicks in the regular season. On their last match, they actually had a good free-throw shooting, successfully shooting 24 of their 25 attempts. However, they had 16 turnovers in that match, an area they need to improve. They are at the 26th in offense, scoring 111.7 points per game, and 17th in defense, allowing 114.4 points per game.

Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner leads the Magic scoring 20 and 18.8 points per game apiece. However, they will be without the services of Jalen Suggs, and Jonathan Isaac who are all injured.

New York Knicks

NBA: New York Knicks
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The Knicks on the other hand is looking to bounce back from their loss against the Timberwolves. Before they lost against the Timberwolves and the Heat, this squad is actually in a three-game winning streak. A win in this match could give them their fourth win in their last six games in the league. The Knicks are one of the surprises this season, they are also confident playing on the road. In fact, they have more wins on the road, winning 22 games on the road. In the field, they are shooting over 46.7%, and 76.9% in the free-throw line. They are actually the 13th in offense with 115.4 points per game, and 11th in defense allowing 112.6 points per game.

Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson leads the Knicks with 25.6 and 23.8 points per game respectively. Duane Washington Jr. is listed as out in this game, while Trevor Keels is questionable.


New York Knicks
Total Under: 116.5
Odds: 0.91

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