Orlando Magic at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.

TV: Sun Sports Radio: AM 580 WDBO Spanish Radio: AM 1030 WONQ The Knicks are the only team in the NBA that takes more 3-pointers than the Magic, taking 28.9 per game compared to 26 for the Magic. The big difference between the two teams is that the Magic hit 39.6 percent of their 3-pointers – that’s tops in the league – while the Knicks convert on 36 percent of their treys (20th). Expect a lot of jumpers and a lot of rebounds. You know Dwight Howard is drooling over his match-ups tonight, as Jared Jeffries and Chris Wilcox are the men who will be defending him. It’s important for the Magic to play their game, not the Knicks game. The Magic need to feed Dwight Howard, as interior defense is New York’s biggest weakness. I’m feeling a huge game from Dwight tonight. Nate Robinson went for 41 points on Monday against the Pacers. He and Chris Duhon worry me, especially because the Magic had so much trouble against a couple other quick guards – Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon – on Tuesday night. It’s the first time these two teams meet this season. They play each other twice in March and once in April. Game notes, courtesy of the Magic:

  • Orlando is 37-37 all-time vs. New York (21-16 at home, 16-21 on the road) during the regular season, including 3-1 last season.
  • Orlando has won eight of the last 12 meetings overall.
  • The Magic have won five of the last six outings at home, and won eight of the last 13 at MSG.
  • Rafer Alston attended Cardozo High School in Bayside, N.Y., and is a playground legend in Queens.
  • Head Coach Stan Van Gundy is the brother of former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, and attended college at SUNY-Brockport.
  • Assistant Coach Patrick Ewing had his No. 33 retired by the Knicks in February 2003. He is New York ’s all-time leader in games played, points, minutes, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, rebounds, steals, blocked shots and 40-point games.
  • Assistant Coach Brendan Malone served in the same capacity with the Knicks on three separate occasions (1986-88, 1997-2000, 2003-04).
  • Assistant Coach Steve Clifford spent three seasons with the Knicks – two as an assistant coach (2001-03) and one as an advanced scout (2000-01).
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