2021-10-22
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
League : NBA

Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The New York Knicks will travel to the Amway Center on Friday night to take on the Orlando Magic in an Eastern Conference matchup. The Knicks are 1-0 and are coming off a 138-134 double-overtime home victory over the Boston Celtics. The Magic are 0-1 and are coming off a 123-97 road loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

There seems to be a bit of difference on the talent side of things so it will be interesting to see how they pair up here. Let’s take a closer look into the teams to determine where we should be placing our wagers.

 

Getting a Randle on Things

Power forward Julius Randle of the New York Knicks needs to be ready to continue to evolve his game this season. Looking at his numbers from last season, he averaged 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, six assists, and 0.9 steals in 37.6 minutes per game. He shot well as he is 45.6 percent from the floor, 41.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Celtics, Randle played 46 minutes and finished with 35 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, three blocks, and seven turnovers. If he can be a little more careful with the ball, it will really help the Knicks here.

 

 

The New York Knicks are the 14th-ranked defense, according to defensive rating, and giving up 134 points per game. In their game against the Boston Celtics, they allowed 134 points on 48-of-117 (41 percent) from the floor, 21-of-57 (36.8 percent) from beyond the arc, and 17 of 23 (73.9%) on free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to defend some of the open shots, they should be even better here.

 

Center of Attention

Center Mo Bamba of the Orlando Magic needs to be ready to continue improving in his age 23 season. Looking at his numbers from last season, he averaged eight points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 0.3 steals in just 15.8 minutes per game. He shot well as he is 47.2 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from three, and 68.2 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Spurs, Bamba played 27 minutes and finished with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and a steal. If he can continue to be a force defensively, it will do wonders for their development.

 

The Orlando Magic are 29th in the NBA according to defensive rating and giving up 123 points per game. In their game against the San Antonio Spurs, they allowed 123 points on 48-of-98 (50 percent) from the floor, 13-of-30 (43.3 percent) from beyond the arc, and 18 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to defend some of the open threes, they should be able to be more competitive in this game.







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