Gary Harris is a different player at home vs on the road. Harris has gone over this number in each of his last three home games averaging 15.0 points, and he has stayed under this number in his last 11 road games averaging 6.6 points. The Knicks defense has struggled in their last two games allowing 127 and 140 points. Harris should be one of many Magic players to reach double-figures in this game. Love this at plus money.
New York is an excellent 7-4 straight up in the second of a B2B this season but I couldn't care less whether the Knicks actually win here, just that Orlando covers -- it has covered four straight games. Maybe a bit of a letdown game for New York after a playoff-type matchup and loss in Miami on Wednesday. The Knicks have covered one of their past five after a loss. The players also could be looking ahead to the weekend off with their next game Monday at home. That this is more than one possession obviously means we cash if New York wins at the buzzer.
Paolo Banchero has been every bit as good as advertised and is a massive favorite (-6000 on Caesars) to win the ROTY award. The former Blue Devil is averaging a combined 30.4 PRA, however I think this line should be 29.5. Paolo has been held under 32 PRA in 15 of his previous 22 appearances. I am not ready to suggest that Banchero has hit a rookie wall, but his production has slowed down a bit compared to earlier in the season. This is also a difficult match up against a Knicks defense that plays solid interior defense and has been stingy against opposing forwards. Paolo stayed under this number in both of his previous meetings against the Knicks.