NY is led in scoring by C Eddy Curry, who is averaging 19.6 ppg on 58.1% FG and 7 rebs; G Jamal Crawford 17.9 ppg; G Stephon Marbury 14.1 ppg, 5.6 asts; G/F Quentin Richardson 13.2 ppg, 7.4 rebs; F David Lee 11.2 ppg on 61.2% FG and 10.6 rebs; F/C Channing Frye 10.2 ppg, 5.4 rebs; and Francis 9.7 ppg, 4.1 asts. NY is averaging 100.1 ppg while allowing 102.2 ppg. The Magic average 94.3 ppg while allowing 93.4 ppg. In DHoward's last 5 games, he is averaging 25.6 ppg on 81.2% FG and 11.2 rebounds.
Despite a win over POR in their last game, the Magic have lost 4 of their last 6 games and 12 of their last 14 road games. However, GHill should be ready to return after missing over 2 weeks due to injury. NY has already matched its season win total from last season, and is 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Knicks beat the Magic 94-86 in ORL earlier this month. The Magic have beaten NY in 4 of their last 6 meetings, and 6 of their last 9 meetings in Madison Square Garden. No line out for the game yet (www.pinnaclesports.com).