LIVE: Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks

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FRI, NOV 29, 2019
7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

It’s a battle of Atlantic Division teams on the hardwood in the Big Apple. The Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they battle the New York Knicks Friday night. Philadelphia comes in on the heels of a 97-91 home win over Sacramento in their last contest Wednesday night. New York was clobbered 126-98 on the road by Toronto in another Atlantic Division game on Wednesday night. The 76ers own a 253-201 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams and have won the last nine meetings. That includes a 109-104 home win in the first matchup this season on November 20.

Philadelphia 76ers Try to Gain Ground in Atlantic Division

Philadelphia bounced back from a loss to Toronto as they took down Sacramento in an interconference tilt Wednesday night. The 76ers enter this contest third in the Atlantic Division race, 1.5 games behind Boston and Toronto for the top spot. Philadelphia played tough defense at home, which has been their trend this season, limiting the Kings to 41.1 percent shooting from the game, including nine of 34 from beyond the arc. The 76ers led by one at the half and held the same margin with 6:53 to play in the third quarter before seizing control. Philadelphia outscored Sacramento 18-8 the rest of the quarter to take an 11-point lead: their lead didn’t drop below five the rest of the way. Joel Embiid, who was held scoreless against Toronto earlier this week, led the 76ers with 33 points and 16 rebounds in the win.

The 76ers are 18th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 108.7 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is 6th by collecting 47.2 rebounds per contest while the team is fifth by dishing out 26.4 assists per game. The 76ers are 5th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 104.1 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 21.9 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 17.8 points plus 7.3 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 12.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 2.3 steals a night while Al Horford (14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (16.1 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 7th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are tied for 23rd in the league as they splash 10.6 triples a night while ranking tied for 18th by shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc on the year.

New York Knicks Hoping to Get Back on Track

New York started off decently against Toronto but the game is 48 minutes, not 12. As a result, the Knicks suffered their fourth straight loss and enter this one in the basement of the Atlantic Division, 9.5 games behind the Celtics and Raptors. New York was up eight after the opening quarter but was outscored 37-17 in the second quarter to trail by 12: they would get no closer in the second half. All told, the Knicks were outscored 105-69 in the final three quarters. New York shot 37.5 percent from the field, including 12 of 41 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 18 times in the loss. Julius Randle led the Knicks with 19 points and eight rebounds in the defeat.

The Knicks enter this game 30th in the league in scoring offense with 101.8 points per game on the year. New York is 14th in the league in rebounding with 45.6 boards a night while ranking 28th by dishing out 20.6 assists per contest this year. The Knicks are 14th in scoring defense by allowing 109.6 points per game this season. Rookie RJ Barrett is third on the team with 15.2 points plus 5.6 rebounds per contest on the year. Julius Randle (16.4 points, nine rebounds), Marcus Morris Sr. (team-high 18.6 points, 6.1 rebounds), Kevin Knox II (7.8 points), Bobby Portis (9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds) and Mitchell Robinson (9.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, two blocks) are performing well in the new-look rotation for the Knicks this season. New York is 29th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 42.6 percent from the floor as a team. The Knicks are 19th in threes per game as they knock down 11.2 triples per game while the team stands 7th in three-point shooting as they connect on 37.2 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

New York was drilled by the Raptors in their last contest and there has been a lot of problems getting this young team together. The Knicks have had discord with rumors circulating that David Fizdale could be fired for a few weeks now. Philadelphia bounced back from their loss to Toronto as they took down Sacramento in their last contest. Embiid came back with a vengeance after the first scoreless game of his career. Robinson is a talented developing big man but he’s not capable of stopping Embiid right now. The 76ers earn the victory here to maintain their recent dominance of the Knicks.

Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5

Philadelphia has been about the same offensively on the road as they’ve been at home this season. It’s on the defensive end where things are different: the 76ers allow only 97 points a game at home compared to 109.7 points a night on the road this season. New York hasn’t been effective at home (101.7 ppg) or on the road (101.9 ppg) offensively though they are better defensively by more than five points a game (106.9 ppg to 112.3 ppg) at Madison Square Garden. Can the Knicks pull one out in front of Spike Lee and the Garden faithful?

The under is 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 day of rest, 4-0 in their last four overall and 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. New York has seen the under go 6-0-1 in their last seven on Friday, 4-1 in their last 5 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game and 11-3-1 in their last 15 games playing on 1 day of rest. Look for Philadelphia to build off their win Wednesday as they shut down an anemic Knicks’ offense to keep this one under the mark.

Prediction: Under 206.5

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