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#501 New York Knicks 213.5 vs.
#502 Philadelphia 76ers -12.5
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Chris Kubala



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It’s a battle of a pair of Atlantic Division teams on the floor in the City of Brotherly Love. The New York Knicks are on the road as they make the trip to face the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night. New York comes in off a 123-105 home win over Cleveland in their last game Monday night. Philadelphia ran to a 114-95 road win over Cleveland Sunday afternoon in their previous contest. The 76ers lead the all-time regular-season series 252-201 and have won the last eight meetings, including a 126-111 road win in the most recent matchup on February 13, 2019.

New York Knicks Seek Back to Back Wins

New York bounced back from their last-second loss to Charlotte by running past Cleveland at home Monday night. The Knicks entered Tuesday in the basement of the Atlantic Division, 7.5 games behind the Celtics in the standings. New York led by 12 after the opening quarter and regrouped after Cleveland closed to within five midway through the second quarter. The Knicks pushed the lead back to 13 at the half and 23 after three quarters en route to the victory. New York shot 44.9 percent from the field, including eight of 23 from three-point range, and forced 20 Cleveland turnovers, which they turned into 32 points. Julius Randle led the Knicks with 30 points and seven rebounds in the win.

The Knicks enter this game 30th in the league in scoring offense with 101.8 points per game on the year. New York is 11th in the league in rebounding with 46.6 boards a night while ranking 27th by dishing out 20.1 assists per contest this year. The Knicks are 14th in scoring defense by allowing 108.9 points per game this season. Rookie RJ Barrett is third on the team with 15.8 points plus 5.6 rebounds per contest on the year. Julius Randle (16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds), Marcus Morris Sr. (team-high 18.6 points, 5.9 rebounds), Kevin Knox II (9.1 points), Bobby Portis (9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds) and Mitchell Robinson (10.7 points, seven rebounds, 1.9 blocks) are performing well in the new-look rotation for the Knicks this season. New York is tied for 29th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 42.4 percent from the floor as a team. The Knicks are 24th in threes per game as they knock down 10.2 triples per game while the team stands tied for 12th in three-point shooting as they connect on 35.8 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

Philadelphia 76ers Look to Beat Knicks for Ninth Straight Time

Philadelphia snapped a two-game skid as they took care of Cleveland on the road to beat the Cavaliers for the second time in less than a week. The 76ers entered Tuesday third in the Atlantic Division, three games behind the Celtics. Philadelphia jumped to an 11-point lead after the opening quarter and led by 24 at the half. The 76ers didn’t let Cleveland closer than 15 the rest of the way with that coming midway through the fourth quarter. Philadelphia shot 54.8 percent from the field, including nine of 23 from three-point range, and held Cleveland to 37.8 percent shooting in the contest. Tobias Harris led the 76ers with 27 points in the win.

The 76ers are 17th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 109.8 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is ninth by collecting 46.8 rebounds per contest while the team is seventh by dishing out 26.2 assists per game. The 76ers are 11th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 106.7 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 22.9 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 17.6 points plus 7.9 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 13.7 points, six rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.3 steals a night while Al Horford (15 points, 7.1 rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (14.8 points) are all off to strong starts this season. Furkan Korkmaz, Mike Scott and Raul Neto are key reserves for Brett Brown’s group. Philadelphia is tied for 3rd in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.1 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are tied for 22nd in the league as they splash 10.3 triples a night while ranking tied for 18th by shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc on the year.

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New York earned the win over Cleveland on Monday night but to be fair, the Cavaliers were playing the second game of a back to back. Philadelphia whipped the same Cleveland team on the front half of that set and return home for this contest. The 76ers have beaten the Knicks eight straight times coming into this one and they are 4-0 at home on the season. New York is a dismal 1-6 on the road and hasn’t beaten the 76ers in Philadelphia since April 8, 2016. That trend continues here as the 76ers are too deep for the Knicks to handle in this contest.

Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -12.5

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New York is still the league's worst scoring offense, even with their big game against the Cavaliers. That 123 point outburst marked their best scoring output of the season. It's hard to see the Knicks pulling something remotely close to that off here given their struggles at putting the ball in the bucket this season. Philadelphia did a number on Cleveland in their last game as well, perhaps softening them up for the Knicks' win Monday night. The 76ers are content to wear teams down and keep the score in check: can New York find a way to change their plans?

The under is 3-0-1 in the Knicks' last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 5-0 in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 4-0 in their last four against Atlantic Division teams. Philadelphia has seen the under go 8-2 in their last 10 against Atlantic Division teams and 6-2 in their last eight at home. The under is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings in Philadelphia. With the Knicks struggling to score and the 76ers slowing them down, this one falls under the mark.

Prediction: Under 213.5

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.