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NBA Betting: Knicks Look to Crush Magic Again on Thursday
After destroying the Orlando Magic last week the New York Knicks will get a chance to do that again on Thursday night when the teams hit the NBA betting lines down in Florida.
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The Knicks got 25 points from Carmelo Anthony on March 28 as they rolled to a 108-86 home win over Dwight Howard and company to give their playoff chances in the Eastern Conference a bit of a boost.
Iman Shumpert also scored 25 points that night for the Knicks, who are taking the floor without injured players Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin. Steve Novak was good for 16 points off the bench for New York in that contest.
Howard was held to 12 points and five rebounds by the Knicks in that defeat, and he sat out Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons with a sore back. That leaves Howard as day-to-day heading into Thursday's home game against New York.
Jameer Nelson scored a team-high 17 points for Orlando in that March 28 contest, but he didn't play against the Pistons on Tuesday either because of a calf injury. Ryan Anderson (sprained ankle) is expected to miss about a week of action.
Despite their win in late March the Knicks are still only 3-7 in their past 10 games against the Magic, going 4-6 against the spread in those 10 contests. The OVER wager has paid out for totals bettors in each of the last nine games between the teams.
On the NBA futures at Bovada heading into the weekend the Knicks are listed at 30/1 to win the championship this season, with the Magic just behind them at 35/1 odds.
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