NY is led in scoring by C Eddy Curry, averaging 19.4 ppg, 7 rebs; G Jamal Crawford 18 ppg on 39.8% FG shooting, including a 52 pt outburst last week; G Stephon Marbury 14.5 ppg, 5.5 asts; F/G Quentin Richardson, who has missed the last 2 games with a strained elbow but may play tonight, 13.3 ppg; F David Lee 11 ppg, 10.9 rebs; and F/C Channing Frye 10.3 ppg. Former Magic G Steve Francis, averaging 10 ppg, has not played since DEC 29th. Rumor has it the Knicks are trying to negotiate a buyout of his contract. F Magic C Kelvin Cato is averaging just 1.6 ppg in 14 games. NY is averaging 100 ppg, while allowing 102.4 ppg. The Magic average 93.9 ppg, while allowing 92.3 ppg.
The Magic have defeated NY 4 of the last 5 games, while posting 100+ pts in each of those wins. They have also beaten NY 3 straight times in ORL. The Magic are 5 1/2 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).