New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick - Odds and ATS Prediction

Date: 
December 19, 7:00 PM EST
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Philadelphia -13.5
Total: 
220

The New York Knicks (9-22) and the Philadelphia 76ers (20-12) will square off in another chapter of an Atlantic Division rivalry between the City of Brotherly Love and The Big Apple. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET and will be broadcasted on FSN and MSG. This is the second meeting of the season between these two adversaries. After defeating the Knicks 117-91 as a 12.5-point choice in November in Philly, the Sixers own a five-game winning streak against the Knickerbockers.

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New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers Overview

New York Knicks

The Knicks continue to play a maligned form of basketball as they stand 2-8 SU over their last ten fixtures and have lost their previous two consecutive outings. Over this span, New York has also gone 3-7 ATS. Most recently, the Knickerbockers were defeated 128-110 as a 1.5-point favorite on their own soil on Monday by a Phoenix Suns team that had only won one game on the road previous to their engagement.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers come into this contest also in poor form as they have lost three of their last four outings overall. Most recently, the Sixers were mangled on the road in the Alamodome by the San Antonio Spurs when they fell by a score of 123-96 on Monday. The Sixers closed as a one-point underdog and have failed to cover in three of their last four games, as well.

Reasons To Back New York

The number says it all here as the last time the two teams met the Sixers defeated the Knicks by double the points the current line is offering. Previous to this, the Sixers covered an identical line when they beat New York by 17 points as a 13.5-point favorite on March 28th in Philly. Despite all the reasons to suggest that this number should be higher based on previous match-ups and the Knicks being in worse form than the Sixers, the market is giving just an extra point compared to the last meeting between the two. In reading between the lines, the market is taking a position that equates to reluctance in believing the Sixers can produce another dominant win against their rivals.

Reasons To Avoid Philadelphia

We have seen Philadelphia spot lofty numbers to the opposition primarily because of the perception of this team having a significant home-court advantage. The Sixers had won their first ten at home this season before the Cleveland Cavaliers of all of the teams ended their unscathed home court record as a double-digit underdog. Since then, the Sixers have gone 4-2 SU, but those two losses comprise the last two outings Philly has on their own court. One of the culprits was the Brooklyn Nets, a team comparable to the Knicks in many facets. It is not out of reason to suspect an upset is brewing here yet takers will be playing a lofty number to back Philly given the location and their dominance as of recent against the Knicks.

Knicks at 76ers Prediction 12/19/2018

Building upon the premise of Sixers backers paying a premium to back Philly in this spot due to their profitability and success in this series, it is worth noting that Philadelphia stands at 8-1 ATS in the previous nine matches between these two teams. That will change this evening. The Knicks are looking for a way to lift themselves out of a slump, and there is no better way to do that then to get into a fistfight with a team that they hate that has bullied them much of as of late. The Knicks will throw everything they have at the 76ers and given the fact they own edges in both the turnover and bench department, we like their prospects of hanging around late into this game and giving Philly a scare at the minimum.

Free Pick: 
Take New York +13.5
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