Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ New York Knicks
The Magic lost their 50th game of the season on Tuesday night when they were dominated by the Indiana Pacers 95-73. After losing four straight games, the Knicks improved to 39-26 by defeating the Utah Jazz Monday night.
The Knicks have won the first three meetings this season. On November 13, Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the Knicks dominated the fourth quarter, earning a 99-89 win. On January 5 in Orlando, Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points as the Knicks rallied to defeat the Magic 114-106. Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson each scored 29 points for the Magic. On January 30, Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony combined for 41 points as the Knicks cruised to a 113-97 victory.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.3), 26th in defensive rating (106.6) and play at the league’s 17th-fastest pace (94.36). The Knicks are sixth in offensive rating (106.9), 16th in defensive rating (103.2) and play at the league’s fifth-slowest pace (92.53).
Tip-off from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York is scheduled for 7:30 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.
As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
The officials for tonight’s game are Marc Davis, David Guthrie and Olandis Poole.
The Line: New York – 10 (196u)
New York Knicks
UPDATE: *Per John Denton of Orlando Magic.com, Nikola Vucevic won’t play due to an illness. Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn will slide Harris to center and start guard E’Twaun Moore.
- Clearly the Knicks have some serious injury problems. Tyson Chandler has a bulging disc in his neck, Carmelo Anthony has an injured knee (but hopes to return against the Magic and is listed as “probable”), Kurt Thomas injured his foot Tuesday night, Amar’e Stoudemire again needs knee surgery and could miss six weeks and Rasheed Wallace had surgery on his left foot.
- Speaking of injuries, Glen Davis broke his foot in Orlando’s January 30th loss to New York.
Andrew Melnick is the Senior blogger for Magic Basketball Online and a contributor at SB Nation. Andrew has covered the Orlando Magic for four years and also works as a radio host. You can follow him on twitter here.