Game Preview: New York Knicks at Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic could not complete a 21-point comeback and fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-93 on Wednesday night. The New York Knicks were also in action Wednesday, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 98-91 behind 42 points from Carmelo Anthony.
The Magic are now 16-40 while the Knicks are 21-33.
These two teams met in New York on December 6 and the Knicks dominated the Magic, earning a 121-83 victory.
They met again on December 23 and the Knicks held off a huge Magic rally for a 103-98 win.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (98.8), 17th in defensive rating (104.2) and play at the league’s 17th-fastest pace (96.0`). The Knicks are 14th in offensive rating (103.9) 24th in defensive rating (105.8) and play at the league’s second-slowest pace (92.67).
Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.
Friday night is is Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway night.
As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and FM 96.5 and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
The officials for tonight’s game are Ron Garretson, Dick Bavetta and Tre Maddox.
The Line: New York – 2.0 (195)
New York Knicks
Tim Hardaway, Jr.
- The Knicks are without guard Iman Shumpert, who sprained his MCL Wednesday. He is expected to be out for about two weeks.
- Andra Bargnani (torn left UCL) and Kenyon Martin (sore ankle) are out indefinitely while Ama’re Stoudemire missed Wednesday’s game with a sore left knee.
- Beno Udrih, who played in 27 games for the Magic last season, has not played in 11 straight games.
- The Knicks are very banged up and short-handed right now.
- The Magic did not make a trade, but did agree to a buyout with Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
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