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76ers vs Knicks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks
- Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
- Date: Sunday, December 25th
- Betting Odds NY +2, PHI -136 | NY +113 O/U 217.5
The 76ers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 19-12. So far, the team has gone 18-12-1 against the spread. Over the team’s 7 game win streak, they have an average scoring differential of 12.71 points per game.
In their previous game, the 76ers took down the Clippers by a score of 119-114. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 3 point favorites. Philadelphia pulled out the win despite trailing by 12 points in the half. The team was able to trim down the Clippers lead down to 0 heading into the 4th quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Joel Embiid, as he contributed 44 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.
The Knicks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-15. So far, the team has gone 17-15-1 against the spread. New York will take the court having lost 2 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -4.0 points per game.
In their previous game, the Knicks were favored to win vs the Bulls. However, their 118-117 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. New York let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, RJ Barrett led the team in scoring with 44 points on a field goal percentage of 70.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the 76ers averaged 110.75 points per game vs the Knicks. Similar to the 76ers, the Knicks scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Philadelphia, the team averaged 108.0 points per game. Through the last 5 matchups between the teams, New York has an ATS mark of 3-2. But, looking at the scoring margin in these games, an average of just 2 points per game separates the teams. Over the course of these games, they averaged 216 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The 76ers come into today’s game as the 19th ranked scoring offense at 111.5 points per game. So far, the 76ers are averaging 98.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 13th in the league in field goal percentage 47.5%.
Against the Knicks, the 76ers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 8th ranked unit at 107.33 points per game.
This season, the 76ers offense has primarily worked through Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 23 games, Embiid is 1st in the NBA at 33.0 points per game. So far, him and Harris have accounted for 40% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 50.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Tobias Harris is grabbing 6.2 rebounds for Philadelphia to go along with 2.8 assists.
The Knicks come into today’s game as the 14th ranked scoring offense at 114.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 3rd, with an average of 20.0 made free-throws per game.
So far, the Knicks have played well defensively, as they are ranked 6th in the league at 106.6 points per contest.
Power-Foward Julius Randle currently leads the Knicks at 22.7 points per game. For the season, he is 47th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Randle is averaging 9.4 boards and 3.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 25th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. RJ Barrett enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 33 games, he is averaging 20.4 and is 216th in the league in player efficiency rating.
76ers vs Knicks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: 76ers -2.0
- Free Total Prediction: Under 217.5
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