76ers vs. Knicks Prediction
Can the Philadelphia 76ers avoid another letdown on the road when they take on the New York Knicks today at 1PM ET?
581 Philadelphia 76ers vs. 582 New York Knicks
Sunday, January 13, 2019
1PM ET – Madison Square Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the 76ers are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Knicks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 224.5 points. The public betting for this game currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
76ers on a losing streak
Philadelphia has lost back-to-back games coming into today, falling at Washington and then losing at home to Atlanta. The 76ers are 27-16 overall, 9-12 on the road, 20-23 against the spread and 26-17 with the over.
The 76ers have one of the stronger offenses in the NBA, averaging 114.7 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. Defensively, Philly is giving up 112.7 points per game. The 76ers have both Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler listed as questionable today. Butler is dealing with a rib injury while Embiid is battle an ankle issue. Embiid is averaging 26.9 points and 13.5 rebounds per game while Butler averages 18.8 points per contest. Ben Simons is adding 16.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game for Philly.
Knicks a mess
New York is coming off a 121-106 loss at home to Indiana. The Knicks have lost three straight and nine of their last 10 while going 3-7 against the spread. New York is now 10-32 on the season, 4-13 at home, 18-23-1 against the spread and 24-18 with the over.
The Knicks have one of the worst defenses in the NBA, allowing 116 points per game while opponents shoots 47.9 percent from the field. Offensively, New York is putting up 107.3 points per game, but the Knicks shoot a league-worst 43.1 percent from the field. The Knicks are expecting to be without Enes Kanter today as he deals with an illness. He averages 14.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game this season. Tim Hardaway Jr. is the team leader this season with 19.8 points per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The 76ers are 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 division games, but 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on 1 day of rest.
The Knicks are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games following a loss.
Injuries are going to play a big part in this game. Be sure to keep an eye out on the updates before tip. As of this writing, I am going to assume that the 76ers will have at least Embiid or Butler available. Embiid would certainly be the better option, but Philly has been cautious with him in the past. New York likely won’t have Kanter, so that will leave their frontcourt severely weak. Philly can take advantage of this with their aggressive guards and Embiid, should he play. If Philly doesn’t have Butler and Embiid, I would probably lean toward New York with the points, but I will take the 76ers and hope for some health.
NBA Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -6.5