NBA on ESPN: Orlando Magic vs. NY Knicks, San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2011

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The NBA provides fans with two nationally televised games this Wednesday night. Brandon Ribak breaks down both games and gives you his online betting predictions on who will win.


Orlando Magic (45-26) vs. New York Knicks (35-35)

The Knicks have fallen short in three straight games, and have now lost six of their last seven contests. Since Anthony has arrived, New York holds a measly 7-9 overall record.

Orlando has won three consecutive games as they continue to fight for the three seed in the Eastern Conference. 

The Magic have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the league and could be in for a solid run to complete the 2010-2011 regular NBA betting season.

SBG Spread: New York is +1.5

Prediction: The Knicks hold a 19-15 record at Madison Square Garden, while Orlando is 20-15 on the road. With the way the Magic are playing (holding a 2-0 record against New York this season), I'd say its a wise choice to pick them for tonight's game.


San Antonio Spurs (57-13) vs. Denver Nuggets (42-29)

The Spurs have won three straight games, but will have to play without Tim Duncan in tonight's matchup. 

San Antonio has only three loses in the month of March (8-3), and point guard Tony Parker has really picked up the pace as of late, averaging just under 20 PPG in his last 10 games.

Denver has played sensational basketball since the departure of Carmelo Anthony and currently holds the fifth seed in the West (they also lead the league in PPG, averaging 107.5 points per game).

Raymond Felton is expected to return to the lineup for the Nuggets after missing his last two games.

Spread: Spurs are +5

Offshore Bookmaker Prediction: Denver holds a 28-7 record at home and have yet to lose a game at the Pepsi Center since February 7th. Having said that, they should be able to beat the one seed in the West, especially with Duncan sidelined.