Will the Knicks Cover the Spread vs. the Magic on March 8?

Written By Editorial Team on March 8, 2024 - Last Updated on March 15, 2024
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Knicks Vs. Magic Preview March 8

The New York Knicks host the Orlando Magic in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup on Friday in New York City. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden.

Magic vs. Knicks pregame odds

According to the latest NBA odds, the Knicks are a slight home underdog for tonight’s game. For the season series to date, the Magic hold a 3-0 lead. Last time around, Orlando picked up a 118-100 home win over New York, easily covering the 3.5-point spread, with the total going over the line of 211.5 points. Current odds for Friday’s game from Massachusetts sportsbooks are as follows:

  • DraftKings: Knicks +1.5, over/under 206.5
  • FanDuel: Knicks +1.5, over/under 206.5
  • Caesars: Knicks +1.5, over/under 206.5
  • BetMGM: Knicks +1.5, over/under 206.5

Odds are subject to change and vary between sportsbooks for the Magic vs. Knicks. 

Magic vs. Knicks projected starting lineups

Based on recent player stats, key players to watch out for in this game include Donte DiVincenzo and Bojan Bogdanovic for the Knicks, and Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero for the Magic.

Magic starting lineup

PG: Jalen Suggs
SG: Gary Harris
SF: Franz Wagner
PF: Paolo Banchero
C: Wendell Carter Jr. (game-time decision)

Knicks starting lineup

PG: Jalen Brunson (game-time decision)
SG: Donte DiVincenzo
SF: Josh Hart
PF: Precious Achiuwa
C: Isaiah Hartenstein

Projected starting lineups for each team are provided by Sportsdata.

Magic vs. Knicks injuries

The Knicks will continue to be without OG Anunoby, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson, as they are set to miss extended time. Jalen Brunson is questionable with a left knee contusion but did practice Thursday. Miles McBride would draw the start if Brunson is unable to play.

For the Magic, Wendell Carter Jr. is a game-time decision. He missed Wednesday’s game with a knee injury and Goga Bitadze drew the start.

Team standings & stats for tonight’s game

Orlando Magic team stats

The Orlando Magic are 37-26 so far this season, placing them fourth in the Eastern Conference, half a game ahead of the Knicks. Their most recent game was a 119-109 win over the Washington Wizards. The win was Orlando’s fifth in a row and eighth in the team’s last 10 games. Franz Wagner led the way with 28 points, and Paolo Banchero added 25 points and 10 assists. Here are the stats for the Magic as a team so far this season:

  • Points per game: 111.4 (26th)
  • Points allowed per game: 109.5 (3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.9 (20th)
  • Assists per game: 24.7 (26th)
  • FG%: 47.9 (14th)
  • 3PT%: 35.5 (25th)

New York Knicks team stats

The New York Knicks are right behind the Magic in the Eastern Conference with a record of 36-26. The team has been on a bit of a skid recently, falling to the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 116-110 last time out and losing seven of its last 10 contests. Donte DiVincenzo put up 21 points in the defeat. After getting the win over the Magic, the Knicks host the Philadelphia 76ers in an Eastern Conference game. Here are the key stats for the Knicks this season:

  • Points per game: 113.2 (20th)
  • Points allowed per game: 109.8 (4th)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.7 (5th)
  • Assists per game: 24.0 (29th)
  • FG%: 46.3 (25th)
  • 3PT%: 36.6 (15th)

Player stats for Magic vs. Knicks

Orlando Magic leaders

The Magic have won five straight matchups, including their most recent game against the Washington Wizards. Here are the top five players for Orlando from that victory:

  • Franz Wagner (SF): 28 PTS, 5 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Paolo Banchero (PF): 25 PTS, 6 RBS, 10 ASTS
  • Jalen Suggs (SG): 19 PTS, 6 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Goga Bitadze (C): 6 PTS, 8 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Cole Anthony (PG): 11 PTS, 7 RBS

Led by two players averaging more than 20 points per game, the Magic lost to New York. Up next Orlando will play the Toronto Raptors on Friday. The Magic season leaders are as follows:

  • Paolo Banchero: 22.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 5.2 APG
  • Franz Wagner: 20.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.0 APG
  • Jalen Suggs: 12.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.6 APG
  • Cole Anthony: 11.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.0 APG
  • Wendell Carter Jr.: 11.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.6 APG

New York Knicks leaders

The Knicks will look to get back in the win column on Friday after losing to the Atlanta Hawks in their most recent game. Here are the top five players for New York based on that last outing:

  • Donte DiVincenzo (SG): 21 PTS, 4 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Bojan Bogdanovic (SF): 19 PTS, 3 RBS
  • Precious Achiuwa (PF): 15 PTS, 6 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Josh Hart (SF): 14 PTS, 8 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Miles McBride (PG): 11 PTS, 2 RBS, 9 ASTS

With Julius Randle, OG Anunoby, and Mitchell Robinson out due to injuries, New York’s season leaders are:

  • Jalen Brunson: 27.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.6 APG
  • Bojan Bogdanovic: 14.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.2 APG
  • Donte DiVincenzo: 14.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.5 APG
  • Josh Hart: 8.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.6 APG
  • Precious Achiuwa: 8.7 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.0 APG
  • Isaiah Hartenstein: 6.9 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.2 APG
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