Knicks vs. 76ers Pick
Can the New York Knicks handle being a road favorite when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Knicks are a slight favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -2 points against the 76ers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216 points. The home team has won both games this season with Philadelphia covering the spread in both meetings.
Philadelphia has lost three straight and back to being a lottery team once again. The 76ers are now 22-38 overall and 37-23 against the spread. Philly is putting up 101.7 points per game on offense while allowing 107.4 on defense. The 76ers are averaging 102.4 points per game at home while allowing 105.5 on defense. The team announced recently that Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are both out for the rest of the season with their respective injuries. Ersan Ilyasova is currently leading the team with 14.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
The Knicks are coming off a 101-90 win at Orlando on Wednesday to move to 25-36 overall and 32-39 against the spread. New York is averaging 105.8 points per game on offense while the defense is allowing 108.8 per game. When on the road, the Knicks are allowing 110.4 points per game on defense. Carmelo Anthony has been leading the team with 23.4 points per game while Kristaps Porzingis is adding 18.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest.
While Philly has been good at covering, there isn’t much of a spread here and the 76ers aren’t winning all that regularly. The Knicks still have much more active talent right now and still can have some playoff aspirations. If those aspirations are to come to life, the Knicks need to win these games. Look for New York to bring their best to the floor tonight and pick up a nice road win for a change.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS -2