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#519 New York Knicks 212.5 vs.
#520 Philadelphia 76ers -7
Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s an Atlantic Division clash on the parquet floor in the City of Brotherly Love. The New York Knicks make the trip to face the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night. New York was in action on the road against Charlotte Wednesday night. The Knicks were dropped 123-112 on the road by the Rockets Monday night in their previous contest. Philadelphia was in action on the road in Cleveland Wednesday night. The 76ers were coming in off a 129-112 home win over the Hawks Monday night in their previous contest. Philadelphia leads the all-time regular season series 255-201 and have taken the last 11 meetings. That includes a 90-87 road victory in the most recent matchup on January 18 though the Knicks covered in that game as a four-point underdog.

New York Knicks Close Back to Back Road Set

New York comes into this game after playing Wednesday night on the road in Charlotte in a game where they were favored by 1.5 points. The Knicks entered that game in the basement of the Atlantic Division, 24.5 games behind the Raptors. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team is 13th, eight games behind Orlando for the final playoff spot. New York is 9-20 on the road entering Wednesday’s contest. In those games, they average 105.1 points per game while allowing 113.4 points a night. The Knicks are just 1-7 in the second game of back to back situations and have been outscored by an average of 17.2 points a night. New York is 2-10 against Atlantic Division teams and has been outscored by 5.3 points per game.

The Knicks enter this game 28th in the league in scoring offense with 104.8 points per game on the year. New York is 6th in the league in rebounding with 46.5 boards a night while ranking 28th by dishing out 21.6 assists per contest this year. The Knicks are 19th in scoring defense by allowing 111.8 points per game this season. Rookie RJ Barrett has had a solid rookie campaign with 13.9 points plus 5.1 rebounds per contest on the year. Julius Randle (19 points, 9.6 rebounds), Kevin Knox II, Bobby Portis (9.6 points, 5.3 rebounds), Reggie Bullock (9.5 points), Maurice Harkless and Mitchell Robinson (9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks) are performing well in the new-look rotation for the Knicks this season. New York is 26th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44 percent from the floor as a team. The Knicks are 30th in threes per game as they knock down 9.9 triples per game while the team stands 26th in three-point shooting as they connect on 33.7 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

Philadelphia 76ers Try to Extend League-Best Home Mark

Philadelphia was in action on the road against Cleveland looking to pick up a road victory. The 76ers entered Wednesday third in the Atlantic Division, six games behind the Raptors. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team stands fifth, 14 games behind the top-seeded Bucks. Philadelphia is a stellar 27-2 at home this season. In those games, the 76ers average 112.4 ppg while allowing 102.2 ppg in those games. The 76ers are 7-2 in their second game of back to back situations and have outscored the opposition by 6.6 ppg in those games. On the season, Philadelphia is 10-4 against Atlantic Division foes and have a +1.3 ppg scoring differential in those games.

The 76ers are 22nd in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 108.9 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is 9th by collecting 45.7 rebounds per contest while the team is eighth by dishing out 25.8 assists per game. The 76ers are 3rd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 106.5 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 23.8 points, 12 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 19 points plus 6.8 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 2.1 steals a night while Al Horford (11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (14.2 points) are solid contributors on the offensive end. Furkan Korkmaz, Mike Scott, Matisse Thybulle, Glenn Robinson III, Alec Burks and Raul Neto are key reserves for Brett Brown’s group. Philadelphia is 10th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.4 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are tied for 21st in the league as they splash 10.9 triples a night while ranking 18th by shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc on the year. Simmons is dealing with a nerve impingement in his lower back and is expected to be re-evaluated in mid-March, though the team doesn’t expect him back in the near future.

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The Knicks have been awful in the second game of a back to back situation this season as they have been clobbered on a regular basis in those situations. New York is on the road here and they have to travel to face the 76ers in Philadelphia. The 76ers have dominated the series with 11 straight wins in the series and have been fantastic at home this season. New York has covered in all three meetings this season, including as a 12.5-point underdog in Philadelphia in a 109-104 loss back on November 20, 2019. Seeing how poorly the Knicks have looked in the second half of back to backs though, you have to think their luck runs out here. Philadelphia gets the win and beats the Knicks for the 12th straight time.

Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers

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We've seen the Knicks struggle all season long on the offensive end of the floor and it's going to be an uphill climb for them here. New York has been brutal on the offensive end in second game of back to back situations and the 76ers have been very tough on the defensive end. Philadelphia is 12th in field goal percentage defense (45.5 percent) and 12th in three-point field goal percentage defense (34.9 percent) this season. With both teams playing their third game in four nights here, this one ends up under the total as heavy legs make a lot of jumpers fall short.

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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.