New York Knicks vs Philadelphia 76ers

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The New York Knicks will travel to the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in an Eastern Conference matchup. This is the second of three games that these teams will play against one another this season as they played in MSG back on Dec 26 where the 76ers won 109-89. The Knicks are seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 20-19 record. This will be the second half of a back-to-back as New York faced off against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The 76ers are the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 27-12 record and are coming off a 134-99 home win over the Spurs on Sunday.

These teams are similar on the defensive end and this could potentially be a first-round playoff matchup if these teams can keep it up. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to decide where we should be placing our wagers.

All Star Randle

Power forward Julius Randle of the New York Knicks has taken one of the biggest steps that any player has taken this season. He is averaging 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 0.8 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. He is shooting well as he is 48 percent from the floor, 41.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 80 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Thunder, Randle played 39 minutes and finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, and three turnovers. If he can continue his great performance, the Knicks will be very happy.

The New York Knicks are the top-rated defense to begin the year as they are giving up 105 points per game. In their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they allowed 97 points on 37-of-76 (48.7 percent) from the floor, 8-of-32 (25 percent) from beyond the arc, and 21 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to defend some of the open shots, they should be even better here.

Gotta Step Up

The Philadelphia 76ers will need point guard Ben Simmons to lead the offense with Joel Embiid missing for a decent stretch. He is averaging 16 points, 7.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 1.6 steals in 33.7 minutes per game. He is shooting well as he is 58.1 percent from the floor and 66.3 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Spurs, Simmons played 26 minutes and finished with 14 points, four rebounds, nine assists, a steal, and three turnovers. He will need to figure out how to bounce back in this next matchup if they want to hold onto the top seed in the East.

The Philadelphia 76ers have been a solid defense to begin the season as they are averaging 110.4 points given up, which is ranked seventh. In their last game against the San Antonio Spurs, they allowed 99 points on 36-of-85 (42.4 percent) from the floor, 4-of-21 (19 percent) from beyond the arc, and 31 free-throw attempts. If they can learn to defend without fouling, they should be in a better position to win this game.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Even without Joel Embiid in the game, the 76ers should be a double-digit favorite at this point. The adjusted offensive ratings tell us so. Philadelphia is 12th in the league with a 113.6 offensive rating while New York is 24th with a 109.1 offensive rating. The Sixers also force a lot more turnovers than the Knicks as the Knicks are 21st in the league with a 7 steal percentage while the 76ers are second with an 8.6 steal percentage. The Knicks are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games against the Sixers so go with Philly -7 in this game.

Philadelphia -7

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Full-Game Total Pick

These teams are shooting the three-ball at a good clip so far this season. New York is 12th in the league shooting 37.2 percent from distance while Philly is 13th with 37 percent from beyond the arc so far this year. Looking at the last handful of games can give us a good indication about where we should be leaning. The Knicks are averaging 220.3 total points in their last four games while the 76ers are averaging 238.2 total points in their last five games. The over has hit in the last four Knicks games and in five of the last six 76ers games. The numbers and trends are all pointing towards OVER 216 points in this game.

OVER 216