The Knicks and 76ers are set to face off at 7:30 ET on ESPN. The 76ers will host the game at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The over/under for this Atlantic division contest is set at 227.5 points, with the 76ers being the favored team playing at home against the Knicks.
NEW YORK KNICKS VS PHILADELPHIA 76ERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Knicks +6.5
This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 ET on Friday, January 5th.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK KNICKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-114 in favor of the 76ers.
- Our projections have Joel Embiid finishing with Joel Embiid points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
- From the field, we have the 76ers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.4% and knocking down 13 threes.
Will the Knicks Defense Show Up on the Road?
As the Knicks get ready to take on the 76ers, they are the 6.5-point underdogs on the road. Before this game, New York is 8th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 19-15.
So far, the Knicks have been slightly better at home compared to on the road. New York’s average scoring margin on the road is -1.2 points per game, and they have a road record of 9-11 this season.
Against the spread, the Knicks have covered in two straight games to move to 19-15 for the season. When playing on the road, New York has an average ATS record of 10-10 for the season.
The Knicks have gone 8-9 as the underdog this year and have an average scoring margin of -5.8 points per game in those games. The betting trend for their games and the over/under line of 227.5 is 17-16-1.
Out of their 34 games, the Knicks have finished with higher over/under lines than 227.5 in 22 games. Their OU record in these games is 9-13, but they have put together two straight unders coming into today’s game. The average over/under line in their games has been 225.7 points.
In their most recent game, the Knicks finished with 116 points, which is right around their season average of 115.3 points per game. Overall, the Knicks are shooting 46% from the field, which puts them 23rd in the nation. In terms of three-point shooting, the Knicks are 9th in percentage and 11th in three-pointers made.
On defense, the Knicks come into the game ranked 12th in the league in points allowed at 113.3 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 115.3 points per contest (15th). New York’s defense is currently forcing 12.5 turnovers per game, which is 10th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 29th in blocked shots, with an average of 3.4 rejections per game.
Does Philadelphia Stand a Chance at Home?
As the 76ers get ready to host the Knicks, they are favored by 6.5 points. If they are able to cover, they will also pick up their 5th straight ATS win as the favorite. Overall, Philadelphia is 2nd in the Atlantic Division with a record of 23-10.
Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers have gone 17-8 compared to 6-2 in non-conference matchups. When playing at home, Philadelphia has put together an average scoring margin of +13.7 points per game and have a home record of 13-4 for the season.
So far, the 76ers have an over/under record of 20-13, and the under has actually come in each of their last two games. For the season, 15 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 227.5 points.
Through 33 games, Philadelphia has an average scoring differential of +6.4 PPG on the road and +14.4 PPG as the favorite (average scoring margin of -3.2 as the underdog).
In their most recent game, the 76ers put up 110 points against the Bulls. In terms of shooting, they had a field goal percentage of 47.5% while attempting 30 three-pointers. Joel Embiid had a team-high 31 points in the game and Tyrese Maxey chipped in 21 for the 76ers.
So far, the 76ers’ defense is ranked 4th in the league at 110.5 points per contest. Philadelphia struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Bulls, giving up 6. For the game, Chicago scored 97 points in the game.