The New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers will both be looking to bounce back from their respective losses on Wednesday night in order to get back in the win column when they square off in the Big Apple on Thursday. With Philly looking to get on track as the regular season inches toward a close and the Knicks already looking toward next season, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NBA Odds for the Knicks vs 76ers.
Knicks vs 76ers 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- TV: NSPA, MSG
- NBA Odds: Philadelphia -8.5 / Total: 214.5
Why Bet On New York
The Knicks have lost five straight and were on the wrong end of a 107-101 loss to Charlotte on Wednesday. Veteran forward Julius Randle scored a team-high 18 points and second-year backup guard Allonzo Trier added 15 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Trier has played well in two straight games after not seeing any action in 13 consecutive games prior to that.
“If my number is called, I have to come in and be productive,” Trier told reporters afterward. “But if it’s not, then I have to be supportive of my teammates, try to help in different ways, tell them what I am seeing and doing those different things.”
New York averages a paltry 104.7 points per game (28th) while allowing 111.7 points per game defensively (19th). The Knicks have gone 9-21 on the road this season.
- Total Score: 104.71
- Field Goal %: 44.12
- Three Point %: 33.61
- Free Throw %: 69.17
- Total Rebounds: 46.38
- Total Score: 111.74
- Field Goal %: 46.43
- Three Point %: 38.2
- Free Throw %: 74.16
- Total Rebounds: 44.88
New York Knicks Betting Trends
- Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Knicks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
- Knicks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Knicks are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest.
Why Bet On Philadelphia
The Sixers have lost two of three and come into this contest off a humbling 108-94 road loss against lowly Cleveland on Wednesday night that saw Joel Embiid leave with a shoulder sprain. Embiid joins all-star teammate Ben Simmons on the sidelines with Philadelphia’s floor leader sidelined at least the next two weeks with a back injury.
“With the group that we had, we just didn’t get it done,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown told reporters afterward. “Defensively, we didn’t get it done and you felt it tremendously in the paint. I think they had 52 points in the paint.”
“It had a big impact,” Horford told reporters. “Obviously, we play through him and once he was out, we didn’t really know what was next. We didn’t quite know how to play.”
Philadelphia averages 108.6 points per game (22nd) while limiting the opposition to 108.5 points per contest defensively to rank fourth in points allowed. The 76ers have gone a stellar 27-2 at home this season.
- Total Score: 108.61
- Field Goal %: 46.24
- Three Point %: 35.22
- Free Throw %: 74.9
- Total Rebounds: 45.73
- Total Score: 106.53
- Field Goal %: 45.57
- Three Point %: 35.05
- Free Throw %: 74.32
- Total Rebounds: 42.37
Philadelphia 76ers Betting Trends
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- 76ers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- 76ers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 Thursday games.
- 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Knicks vs 76ers Expert Analysis and Prediction
The Sixers will be without Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in this one and they are playing some wildly inconsistent basketball right now. Still though, Philly is playing at home where they’ve been virtually unbeatable this season and they still have a pair of all-star caliber performers in Tobias Harris and Al Horford, although head coach Brett Brown has done a horrific job this season of implementing the versatile Horford into Philly’s schemes.
New York is pretty clueless at both ends of the floor and their inept ways are making No. 2 overall draft pick R.J. Barrett look like another wasted pick. The Knicks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 road dates against the Sixers. The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite and a bankroll-boosting 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games. Still, with the Knicks going 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. And the Sixers missing their top two players, I think the nearly double-digit spread here is a little too high for Philly to cover. I’ll take the points and the Knicks to narrowly cover!
Pick: Philadelphia 111 NY Knicks 105