Basketball betting excitement is high for the new look Orlando Magic as the recent trade for Gilbert Arenas has raised basketball gambling expectations for them.
The Orlando Magic will host the New York Knicks in a key Eastern Conference matchup that will be telecast on TNT starting at 7 PM ET. Sports-Gambling will have the side and total odds on this matchup so open your account to be ready for all of the action. These two teams could be meeting in next spring’s Eastern Conference playoffs.
New York has shown marked improvement and had a record of 187-12 straight up and 20-9-1 with the NBA betting odds. The Knicks were one of the best values that could be found on the board as a road team with a mark of 12-3 against the spread. New York went over the total in 8 of their first 15 road games.
The Knicks were in second place behind Boston in the Atlantic Division. New York remains a run and gun team that ranked 1st in the NBA for scoring and 27th for points allowed. Off season pickup Amare Stoudemire has proven to be worth his big contract as he had a team best 26.2 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per outing. Raymond Felton was the top assist man with 9.1 per game.
Orlando had record of 18-12 straight up but just 11-19 with the NBA sports betting line as they were one of the worst values on the board. The Magic did start to play better since acquiring Arenas from Washington and Hedo Turkoglu from Phoenix and scored a promising 86-78 Christmas Day win at home over Eastern Conference leading Boston.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 21.4 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game while Jameer Nelson was the leading assist man with 6.8 per game. Orlando ranked a solid 5th in defense as Turkoglu and Arenas were expected to take the offensive load off Howard.
Orlando has gotten the money in 7 of their last 10 basketball betting matchups at home against the Knicks with 4 of the last 6 games between the teams in Orlando going over the total. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season.