Preview: Nikola Vucevic leads surging Magic into showdown with Knicks
TV: FOX Sports Florida
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m.
Orlando Magic (28-33, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (12-48, 15th in the Eastern Conference)
Eastern Conference foes New York and Orlando meet at the Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks have gone 5-24 in home games. New York is 5-29 in games decided by at least 10 points.
The Magic are 20-16 in Eastern Conference play. Orlando is last in the NBA scoring 42.4 points in the paint per game. The Magic defeated the Knicks 131-117 in their last meeting on Nov. 18. Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 31 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. paced New York scoring 32 points.
Dennis Smith Jr. is shooting 43.7 percent and averaging 16.1 points. Kevin Knox has averaged 14.4 points and added 5.4 rebounds while shooting 33.6 percent over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES
Magic: 8-2, averaging 114.7 points, 49 rebounds, 27.5 assists, 6.8 steals and 6.9 blocks per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 100.9 points on 41.6 percent shooting.
Knicks: 2-8, averaging 103.2 points, 47.1 rebounds, 21.1 assists, 6.3 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 43.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting.