The New York Knicks (19-15) travel to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-10) on Friday, January 5th. This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Knicks vs 76ers
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks beat the Bulls in their most recent game, ending with a score of 116-100. In addition to their straight-up win, the Knicks also covered the spread as -9-point favorites. Considering the over/under, the total of 216 points fell short of the set over/under line of 220.5.
The Knicks are hoping to add to their two game winning streak as they enter today’s game. So far this season, the Knicks are 19-15 overall. When playing on the road, the Knicks are 9-11 compared to their 10-4 record at home.
New York currently has an ATS record of 19-15, placing them above .500 against the spread. In their three most recent home games, New York has covered the spread and they are 9-5 ATS at home compared to 10-10 on the road.
The 76ers Are Coming Off A Win
The 76ers took down the Bulls in their most recent game with a final score of 110-97. Heading into the second half, the 76ers were leading 73-42.
Heading into their matchup with the Knicks, the 76ers are 23-10 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, they are 3rd overall and are 2nd in the Atlantic division.
Philadelphia currently has an ATS record of 24-9, placing them above .500 against the spread. As the favorite this season, Philadelphia is 20-5 vs. the spread while going 4-4 as the underdog.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
New York has recorded an average of 115.3 points per game (15th) throughout 34 games games. So far, the Knicks are averaging 97 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Knicks offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 20th in effective field goal percentage.
76ers Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the 76ers are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 120.7 points per game (6th). So far, the 76ers are averaging 99 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. So far, the team’s deliberate style of play has not slowed down the offense, as they have been particularly effective inside the arc, ranking 9th in made 2-point field goals per game.
Knicks Team Defense
The Knicks’ defense is presently ranked 12th in the league, allowing an average of 113.3 points per contest. The New York defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.6% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.9% of their field goal attempts vs. New York.
76ers Team Defense
At this time, the 76ers’ defense is positioned 4th in the NBA, permitting 110.5 points per game. Opponents are hitting 53.5% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 33.8% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Knicks And 76ers
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Jalen Brunson is set to be the main scorer for the Knicks, recording 25 points and shooting 9/18 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 25.7 points per game, along with 3.9 rebounds.
On the other side, Joel Embiid is our projected leading scorer for the 76ers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 30 and grabbing 10 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 53.9%, and his scoring average is 34.8 points per game.
Knicks vs 76ers Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Knicks have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 118 points per game in this stretch.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Philadelphia has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, New York has an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
- The last ten games that Philadelphia was favored, they have an ATS mark of 9-1 while going 9-1 straight up.
In this 76ers vs. 76ers matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Knicks at +6.5. While we project the 76ers to win 116-114, our recommendation is to bet on the Knicks for the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 227.5 and our model has the Knicks and 76ers finishing with a combined 230 points. Our pick is to take the over.
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