When: Wednesday, Jan, 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Madison Square Garden
The Knicks are in the midst of a five game home stand, yet they can’t let up against the opposition. Every game is winnable, and they have a chance to make up some ground on the surging Nets in the Atlantic division. As of January 30th, New York has a game and a half lead over Brooklyn. The frantic finish against Atlanta gave the Knicks a two point win on Sunday night. Now, New York must make sure to take care of business against tougher than expected, Orlando Magic squad. In the Knicks two wins over the Magic, New York had to erase a deficit in the second half of both games.
Carmelo Anthony is looking to match another strong shooting performance. He poured in 42 points in the win over Atlanta. Anthony now averages 29.4 points per game this season.
The return of Raymond Felton is the key to the Knicks fortunes. Felton had a double-double in his second game back, and his defensive pressure will be needed against Jameer Nelson.
While the Orlando Magic has struggled in the win column, Arron Afflalo has been a great addition to the organization. The former Nugget is leading the Magic with 16.7 points per game. He also routinely takes on the best offensive player. At times Carmelo Anthony and Afflalo will be matched up against each other.
Tyson Chandler will have his hands full with the emergence of Nikola Vucevic. They both average double-doubles and lead their teams in blocks.
Amare Stoudamire has been getting more comfortable on the offensive end, but he must continue to make strides defensively. His rebounding will be the key against Orlando.
Both teams have five players averaging double figures.
The Knicks will take of business by the start of the second quarter. They routinely get off to slow starts, but they will come out better against Orlando. Still, they must play much better defense than in the previous game.
New York Knicks 103
Orlando Magic 95