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#553 Philadelphia 76ers -4 vs.
#554 New York Knicks 220
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:35pm EST
Madison Square Garden, New York
Written by Chris Kubala

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A pair of Atlantic Division teams take the floor in the Big Apple looking to record a victory. The Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they travel to face the New York Knicks Saturday night. Philadelphia was in action at home against Chicago Friday night in their last contest. In their previous game, the 76ers dumped the Nets 117-106 at home Wednesday night. New York was at home against Phoenix on Thursday night and was drubbed 121-98. The 76ers lead the all-time regular season series 254-201 and have won the last 10 meetings. That includes two wins this season, highlighted by a 101-95 road win in the most recent matchup on November 29, 2019.

Philadelphia 76ers Playing Second Game of Back to Back

Philadelphia was at home on Friday as they hosted the Bulls in another matchup of teams on opposite sides of the playoff cut line. The 76ers entered Friday’s action third in the Atlantic Division race, two games behind Boston. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the 76ers are sixth, 10.5 games behind the Bucks for the top spot. Philadelphia is just 7-14 on the road this season. In those games, the 76ers average 106.4 points per game while they allow 109.3 ppg this season. Philadelphia is 5-2 in the second game of back to back situations, outscoring opposing teams by 6.3 points a game in those contests. The 76ers are 7-2 against Atlantic Division opponents on the year.

The 76ers are 21st in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 109.1 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is 8th by collecting 46.1 rebounds per contest while the team is fourth by dishing out 26.2 assists per game. The 76ers are 6th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 105.7 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 23.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 19.6 points plus 6.8 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 2.2 steals a night while Al Horford (12.5 points, 6.6 rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (15.7 points) are solid contributors on the offensive end. Furkan Korkmaz, Mike Scott, Matisse Thybulle, James Ennis III and Raul Neto are key reserves for Brett Brown’s group. Philadelphia is 8th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.9 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are 23rd in the league as they splash 10.7 triples a night while ranking tied for 15th by shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc on the year. Embiid underwent surgery for a torn ligament in his finger January 10 and is expected to miss a couple of weeks.

New York Knicks Look to Pick Up Home Win

New York battled with Phoenix Thursday night and suffered their seventh loss in the last eight games. The Knicks entered Friday in the basement of the Atlantic Division, 17 games behind the Celtics in the standings. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Knicks were 14th, eight games behind the Nets for the final playoff spot. New York led by seven after the opening quarter before things started to come apart. A 12-0 Phoenix run in the later stages of the first half gave the Suns control of the game and the Knicks never recovered. New York would get no closer than four in the second half with that coming in the opening minute of play. The Knicks shot 41.1 percent from the floor, including eight of 26 from beyond the arc, and allowed Phoenix to shoot 51.1 percent in the contest. Julius Randle paced the Knicks with 26 points in the loss.

The Knicks enter this game 28th in the league in scoring offense with 104.6 points per game on the year. New York is 11th in the league in rebounding with 46 boards a night while ranking 29th by dishing out 21.2 assists per contest this year. The Knicks are 19th in scoring defense by allowing 113.4 points per game this season. Rookie RJ Barrett is third on the team with 14.1 points plus 5.2 rebounds per contest on the year. Julius Randle (19 points, 9.1 rebounds), Marcus Morris Sr. (19 points, 5.5 rebounds), Kevin Knox II (7.6 points), Bobby Portis (10 points, 5.8 rebounds), Reggie Bullock and Mitchell Robinson (9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.7 blocks) are performing well in the new-look rotation for the Knicks this season. New York is 27th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.4 percent from the floor as a team. The Knicks are tied for 25th in threes per game as they knock down 10.3 triples per game while the team stands tied for 25th in three-point shooting as they connect on 33.9 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Bullock (neck) and Dennis Smith Jr. (oblique) missed Thursday’s game and are questionable at best here. Barrett sprained his ankle against the Suns January 16 and is considered day to day at this point.

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Philadelphia is logging their third game in four nights here, which is going to take a toll on them fatigue wise. The 76ers have really sputtered on the road, which is something that they need to address before the postseason comes around if they hope to have any kind of extended run. Facing a struggling Knicks team is something that should work in their favor. Philadelphia already beat New York once this season on the road and they’ve owned the series recently. New York’s last win in the series came in a one-point win at home on April 12, 2017. The Knicks are still looking for a win as Philadelphia claws one out here.

Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers

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As poor as Philadelphia's road record has been this season, the Knicks are even worse playing at Madison Square Garden. New York is just 6-14 in the hallowed venue as the ongoing struggles of that franchise continue to labor on. The Knicks are 23rd in the league in field goal percentage defense (46.8 percent) and dead last in three-point field goal percentage defense (39 percent) on the year. Philadelphia is in the middle of the pack in those categories, ranking 14th in field goal percentage defense (45.5 percent) and 19th in three-point field goal percentage defense (36.1 percent) on the year. With the way the Knicks shoot the ball, it's hard to have much faith in them generating big point totals. Factor in that the 76ers are without Embiid and playing their third game in four nights to push this one toward falling under the number.

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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.