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Betting On Knicks Magic - Orlando Tries To Gain Revenge Against New York

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/11/2014 1:24:28 AM

The 2012 NBA season has featured several particularly bad blowouts. The Orlando Magic will try to avenge one of them when they host the New York Knicks this week.

New York Knicks @ Orlando Magic - Thursday, April 5 
Sports betting line: No line

Why New York Will Win

The professional basketball analysts who will be assessing this NBA contest will tell you that the Knicks have not lost their step in the wake of injuries to Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, two of their three best scorers and, moreover, the two people who create the most movement and flow within New York's halfcourt offense. Lin's court sense and passing ability pried open opportunities for his teammates and enabled the Knicks to function the way they were supposed to throughout the course of this season. Lin gave this team balance and put other players in proper roles, something that did not exist before the spate of injuries that improbably gave Lin a chance to make an impact. Stoudemire is a weak defender, but his inside-outside combination of offensive skills makes him an extremely tough man to guard.

When New York lost Lin and Stoudemire, it figured to plummet in the Eastern Conference standings. Instead, it has used a defense-first approach under head coach Mike Woodson to rise in the East. The Knicks have gained ground on Milwaukee in the push for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, and they've come closer to second-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. New York's defensive mastery was on full display last Wednesday, March 28, when it buried the Orlando Magic, 108-86, in a game that wasn't even that close. This is a team that is playing a beautifully blended style of basketball with a patchwork lineup, a clear indication that players are buying what Woodson, the interim coach, is selling. This remains a team that's happy to be rid of former coach Mike D'Antoni.

Why Orlando Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you just have to look at a simple motivating reality that pushes professional athletes who have been embarrassed and do not want to be insulted a second time. Last week, in the aforementioned New York blowout of Orlando, the Magic – who lost by 22 points – were actually pushed around to a much more severe extent. They trailed by an 88-49 score (just under 40 points) with almost three minutes left in the third period. The laziness, inconsistency, and the brew of distractions cooked up by chatterbox center Dwight Howard – who has sent mixed messages to his teammates and coaches throughout the season – all collapsed on the Magic in the Big Apple. With this return engagement scheduled for Thursday night in Orlando, the Magic will want to avoid the humiliation they tasted a week ago. The Knicks are playing well, but the Magic will want to rise up in this game and prove that they're made of stronger stuff.

Who Will Win

It’s an interesting online sportsbook choice – do you trust the Knicks' quality of play and rhythm, or Orlando's motivation level, which should be high in this contest? Orlando has the talent to play at a particularly high level, but it has been slogging along in recent games. However, the NBA season involves many ups and downs. The sense here is that the Magic will answer the bell and play a strong game, defeating the Knicks by a close margin.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Orlando


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