Sam Martin's 15* NBA SIGNATURE SOLUTION ($25)!!: The Whiz Kid has run all the numbers on a big Wednesday NBA card, and he's picked the BEST WAGERING OPPORTUNITY off them all for tonight's 15* NBA SIGNATURE SOLUTION WINNER!! Better yet, you can pick up Sam's lone NBA Winner tonight at the SPECIAL PRICE OF JUST $25 - don't miss it!!
Game: Orlando Magic at New York Knicks Mar 28 2012 7:05PM
Prediction: Orlando Magic
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: 15* Play on Orlando. This is the only the second meeting between these clubs this season, with the first one also coming here in Madison Square Garden back in mid-January. That game saw the Magic win easily as a 1.5-point road favorite (similar line to tonight's contest), owning a huge advantage in shooting percentage in a 102-93 victory. Orlando also enjoyed a +8 rebounding margin in that win, and we look for similar statistics here tonight in another easy Magic win.
That first meeting saw Orlando finish with a 51% shooting percentage compared to the Knicks' 41% shooting effort. And the Magic had that big shooting discrepancy despite Dwight Howard being in foul trouble all night and being swarmed with double teams, finishing with just 8 points. And New York lost big despite having the services of Amare Stoudemire - something they won't have here tonight.
Despite the obvious matchup advantages down in the paint and the dominance in shooting percentage and rebounding in the first meeting, this line is much lower than it should be because New York has won seven of their last eight games overall. However, the majority of those victories came against weaker clubs, and New York's offense has been struggling of late with three of their last four games seeing the Knicks shoot under 38% from the floor. Orlando certainly isn't a weak team and they have proved they can score against this New York defense even when Howard is having an off-night. Mismatches too much for New York to overcome as Orlando wins this one easily again! 15* Play on Orlando.