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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, February 5th
- Betting Odds NY +5.5, PHI -221 | NY +178 O/U OFF
So far, the 76ers have put together an overall record of 34-17, while going 29-21-1 vs the spread. In today’s game, Philadelphia will look to extend their 2 game winning streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of 11.5.
In their previous game, the 76ers took down the Spurs by a score of 137-125. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 10 point favorites. Philadelphia was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Spurs to cut into their 12 point halftime lead. In the win, Joel Embiid led the team in scoring with 33 points on a field goal percentage of 55.6%.
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 28-26, while going 27-26-1 vs the spread. Against the spread, New York has a mark of 1-2. Straight up, their record is 1-2 in these games.
New York is trying to bounce back from a 134-128 loss to the Clippers. Going into this game, the team was 2 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. New York was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Clippers by 6 going into halftime. In the loss, Jalen Brunson led the team in scoring with 41 points on a field goal percentage of 73.7%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the 76ers averaged 110.75 points per game vs the Knicks. Just like the 76ers, the Knicks maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 108.0 points per game vs Philadelphia. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the 76ers have an average scoring margin of +6 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. In these contests, they averaged a combined 220 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Philadelphia offense is the 12th ranked unit in the NBA, at 114.9 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the 76ers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.2 per contest. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 23rd in made shots per game.
Defensively, the 76ers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.33 points per contest (8th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Joel Embiid, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Embiid leads the team in scoring at 33.5 points per game while Harris is 2nd at 16.1. For the season, Embiid is 5th in the NBA in usage rate and 6th in player efficiency. Behind him, Harris has taken 14.9% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 50.8%.
Through 54 games, the Knicks are averaging 114.5 points per contest, placing them 16th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.0 made 3’s per game. If the New York offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 3rd in fewest turnovers 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 24.7 points per game. For the season, he is 30th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.1% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Randle is averaging 10.9 boards and 4.1 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 24th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jalen Brunson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 50 games, he is averaging 23.2 and is 57th in the league in player efficiency rating.
76ers vs Knicks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: 76ers -5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF