Free NBA Picks Today: Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks 3/23/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks 3/23/23
Thu 23rd March 2023

The Orlando Magic (30-43, 17-19 Home) will try to overcome one of the league’s top shooting defenses when they host the New York Knicks (42-32, 22-15 Away) on Thursday. New York is playing the second of a back-to-back after dropping their last game against the Miami Heat 127-120 at FTX Arena yesterday.

RJ Barrett led the way in the losing effort with 26 points. The Knicks are fifth in the Eastern Conference. Orlando triumphed on Tuesday at Amway Center, beating the Washington Wizards 122-112. Gary Harris had 22 points to lead the team.

The Magic are 13th in the Eastern Conference.This marks the last meeting of the season between the teams. After taking both of the earlier season games against Orlando, the most recent of which was a 102-98 victory at Amway Center on February 7, their third straight head-to-head victory, New York will be seeking a season sweep.

Jalen Brunson led the Knicks with 25 points. Markelle Fultz had 21 points and six assists in defeat. The Knicks have been led this season by Julius Randle and Brunson, who are averaging 25.5 and 23.8 points per game, respectively. Randle also has grabbed 10.1 rebounds per game, eighth-most in the league, while Brunson has dished 6.2 assists per game.

Paolo Banchero (20.0 ppg) and Franz Wagner (18.8) have supplied much of the Magic’s offense. Banchero also has posted 6.7 rebounds per game. Fultz has tallied 5.7 assists per game. The Knicks are holding foes to one of the lowest FG% in the NBA, ranking third at 45.9%.

The teams have split their last 10 matchups at Amway Center (5-5). Meanwhile, the Knicks are 7-4 this season when playing two days in a row and 6-3 with a rest disadvantage. The Magic are 4-3 with a rest advantage.

In the last 10 games, New York is 5-5 with an average margin of -0.6 (117.5-118.1). Orlando has gone 4-6 over the last 10, allowing 118.6 points per game on average while scoring only 117.6 (-1.0 margin). The Magic are averaging 111.7 ppg for the full season while allowing 114.4.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Rebounds per game:
Julius Randle: 7.0 | 10.1 | -3.1


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Bol Bol: 8.3 | 15.7 | -7.5
Points per game:
Markelle Fultz: 19.0 | 14.1 | +4.9
Rebounds per game:
Bol Bol: 3.0 | 5.8 | -2.8

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NY Knicks (-125)

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