NBA Picks: New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic Odds: December 30th 2010
Free NBA pick from Doc’s Sports for Thursday (10-5 run for Doc’s NBA and they have a hot play for Thursday in the San Antonio at Dallas clash) – #501 Take New York/Orlando UNDER 213 (7 p.m. EST, Thursday) – Just think this total opened a bit too low and then it was bet up a few points from the opener so there is even more value here, in our opinion. First off, we always like to look at the under in TNT games. The best teams in the NBA are normally the best defensive teams in the NBA and these guys normally play some strong defense when they know the world is watching. Now, one of the teams in this matchup, the Knicks, are far from a good defensive team. However, the under is 9-1 for the Knicks last 10 Thursday games so they probably play a little better on D when in this featured role. Or at least their opponents do. On the other side of the court will be an Orlando team that is one of the best in the business for defense. They are No. 5 in the NBA in points allowed and No. 7 for defensive field goal percentage. Their offense has been lackluster as they are in the middle of the pack for points scored, although they have played better recently with some new additions. We do think the Magic defense will be effective tonight as they allow only 91 PPG at home. We think the Knicks will have trouble scoring tonight and that the Magic will be able to get their points and have this one still come in under the posted total, which we think was set a bit too high and has been bet the wrong way.