Game night preview
ORLANDO MAGIC vs NEW YORK KNICKS
Wednesday, Dec. 2. 7:00 p.m.
The Orlando Magic (14-4) will attempt to earn their fourth consecutive victory when they complete a home-and-home swing with the New York Knicks (4-14) at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Amway Arena. In their only meeting this season, Orlando defeated New York, 114-102, courtesy of a balanced offensive attack led by Magic All-Star forward Rashard Lewis. Lewis had his best offensive performance of the season, firing off a team-high 26 points. Dwight Howard also got in on the act, posting 24 points and 16 rebounds, while Vince Carter poured in 23 points. “I think Rashard, the way he plays, it just helps all of us out,” Howard explained. “The way he shoots the ball, when he drives, his defense, all that stuff, it helps us out and we missed that for the first 10 games.” While the Magic left New York with a win on Sunday, completing a perfect three-game road swing, they’re fully aware that they’ll have to make a number of improvements in order to pull off the same feat in Orlando on Wednesday. Tasks No. 1 and 2: Find a way to limit Nate Robinson, who erupted for 22 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter against the Magic, and figure out a solution to defending New York’s pick and rolls. “Nate did an excellent job of coming in the game and making some offense for their team,” Howard said of Robinson’s fourth-quarter effort. “They are a tough team; their offense is very good. They move the ball well, shoot the ball well and their pick and roll is one of the toughest we’ve played against all year. That is one thing we have to work on when we play them again, containing the pick and roll.”
Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Magic are 13 point favorites.