New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers – NBA March 16

Knicks (20-20, 9-13) at 76ers (27-12, 17-3)

  • Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
  • Place: The Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • TV: MSG Network | NBC Sports Philadelphia

Opening Tip

The Knicks have been on a roller coaster ride of late as they have lost three out of five, but they are 6-3 in their last nine. They are on the second game of a back-to-back on the road after losing to Brooklyn last night.

Philadelphia has won five in a row and seven of it’s last eight as the 76ers are holding on to first place in the Eastern Conference. They are half of a game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets and two and a half up on the charging Milwaukee Bucks.

Philadelphia has won 13 in a row in this series, including a 109-89 decision at Madison Square Garden back in December.

The 76ers are 5-0 with a rest advantage and they are 4-0-1 ATS with rest as they had Monday off while New York lost to the Nets. The Knicks are 5-8 ATS with rest disadvantage.

Key Injuries

  • New York KnicksElfrid Payton (hamstring), Austin Rivers (personal), Mitchell Robinson (hand), Derrick Rose (health and safety) – OUT.
  • Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid (knee) – OUT – re-evaluation in two weeks.

Knicks:

  • New York is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 games
  • The OVER has been the play in the Knicks’ last 5 games
  • The Knicks are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games

Sixers:

  • The 76ers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 5 of Philly’s last 6 games
  • The Sixers are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 games this seasons

Last Time Out

Julius Randle had 33 points, 12 rebounds and six assists before he was involved in a controversial walking call at the end of last night’s 117-112 loss to the Nets. The Knicks cut an 18-point deficit to 115-112 with seven seconds remaining.

Tobias Harris scored 23 points and Seth Curry added 21 on Sunday night as the 76ers rolled to a 134-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs in their first game without the injured Joel Embiid. Philadelphia shot 57.1 percent from the field and made 15-of-29 from the three-point line.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Knicks +7 (-109) +230 O 217 (-115)
Sixers -7 (-111) -275 U 217 (-105)

Advantage, New York

New York Knicks LogoThe New York Knicks boast the top defense in the NBA as of right now. It is no coincidence that this has happened immediately under the watch of first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau. They allow the least number of shots from the floor (37.8) and are second in defensive field goal percentage (44.3%). They give up lots of looks from three, but the Knicks are also No. 1 in the NBA in defensive three-point percentage (33.4%). The 76ers’ offense without Embiid will be a different animal, of course, but Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons off the dribble and in the post will provide a challenge.

Key Knicks Stat

Julius Randle (23.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 5.7 apg) has become an all-star caliber icon in NYC as he stepped up in a major way last night against the Nets. Randle has eight triple doubles and has become a facilitator when he had 11 straight games with five or more assists earlier this season.

X-Factor

Immanuel Quickley (12.8 ppg) has hit the scene immediately as a rookie as he is third in scoring behind Randle and RJ Barrett (17.2 ppg). Quickley has been a mainstay as a three-point shooter (37.7%) and he has 85 assists vs. 36 turnovers and 17 steals.

Advantage, Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers LogoThe versatility of Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons will be huge with Embiid shelved for at least two weeks. Harris has the solid inside-outside game as he nails 40.2 percent of his threes while Simmons shoots 58 percent from the floor as at 6-11, he gets into the lane and posts up guards and takes advantage of his athletic ability to get to the line where he is second to Embiid in free throw attempts (172). Seth Curry (43.6% -3) and Danny Green (38.4% -3) will challenge this top-rated Knicks defense as well from the perimeter.

Key Sixers Stat:

Philadelphia is taking a back seat to no one when talking defense as the Sixers are fifth in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage at 45.1 percent. They are 21st in giving up shot attempts with 89.2 per game. On any night that number could be problematic if opponents assert their offensive skills and get into a rhythm and a groove vs. the 76ers.

X-Factor:

Former SMU Mustang Shake Milton (13.5 ppg) as he has become a stalwart off the bench as the 76ers fourth leading scorer while averaging 3.1 assists in 24.8 minutes per game. He has averaged 14.5 points and 3.5 assists over his last five games.

Winner: Sixers (-7) 111, Knicks 103

The Bets
Philadelphia 76ers -7
-111
Philadelphia 76ers
-275
UNDER 217
-105
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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