Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:35pm EST
Madison Square Garden, New York
Written by Chris Kubala
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 BackPhiladelphia 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.
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