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New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

March 12, 2024

The New York Knicks get set to battle the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night inside famed Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. They tip it off at 7:30 pm as this will be the second straight meeting between the two clubs. They played on Sunday with the 76ers earning a low-scoring 79-73 win over New York.  Bookmaker has installed the Knicks as a 5.5 point favorite. 

New York Knicks Betting Preview

The Knicks (37-27) have struggled of late having lost five out of the eight overall and have really hit a snag and it's due to injuries and inconsistent play. They need to refocus and get back to what was working for them over the last month or so. 

They have had some ill-timed injuries and now they are hoping to just get back on track and get a win over one of their rivals. New York on offense is led by point guard Jalen Brunson who is averaging around 27 points per game to go along with just under seven assists per contest.

Brunson is the type of player that can take over a game and expect him to rebound from a poor shooting night on Sunday. He connected on just 6-of-22 from the floor to end the game with 19 points in a losing effort. 

If the Knicks are going to win they need a better effort from him and they also need to get more consistency from Julius Randle who is battling some nagging injuries. He is questionable with a shoulder issue and if he can not go, the Knicks would lose about 24 a game. New York did a bad job of getting back on transitional defense and their 19 turnovers did not help their cause. 

Philadelphia 76ers Betting Preview

The 76ers (36-28) have had the same type of issues the Knicks have had and they have dropped seven of 11 games overall and are now just eight games over .500 on the season.The 76ers have had to deal with major injuries, including losing center and face of the franchise in Joel Embiid, who once again has shown he can not stay healthy for an entire season. However, when he is out on the court he can be a dominant player. 

He has only played in 34 games this season, but when he has played he is averaging around a career-high 35 points per contest. But, as we said, he is dealing with injuries and they are hoping his knee can hold up once the playoffs come around. 

Philadelphia connects on 52% from the floor, including 35% from beyond the arc. If they can limit fast break opportunities by the Knicks they can win this game and easily cover the number even if they do not win. This has the makings of a close game too. 

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick 

The Knicks are 2-3 in their last five games and 2-3 in their last five games against the spread. New York is 17-13 in their road games against the spread. The totals have gone over in one out of their last five games. The 76ers are 2-3 in their last five games and 2-2 in their last five games against the number. Philadelphia is 17-13 in their road games against the spread. 

Pick: NY Knicks -5.5