On Wednesday night, the up-and-down Philadelphia 76ers host the dreadful New York Knicks. Let’s dig into this one in our Sixers-Knicks betting preview.
At 8-5, the Sixers find themselves in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, which is quite a disappointment given all of the preseason hype. New York enters this game in 14th place in the Eastern Conference at 4-10, which is no surprise unless you happen to work for the Knicks. The teams have one thing in common: their most recent game was a double-digit victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sixers Need to Avoid the Trap Game
Philly is coming off a 114-95 throttling of the Cavaliers in Cleveland and have three tough games following tonight’s contest including home games against the San Antonio Spurs and Brett Brown’s mentor Gregg Popovich, then Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat, followed by a trip to Toronto where some guy hit a shot to end the Sixers’ season. It’d be easy to look past the Knicks to the brutal trio ahead. They’ll need to be careful of the potential for a New York trap game.
Sixers vs. Knicks Odds
Here’s the line for the Sixers and Knicks at DraftKings Sportsbook PA:
- Spread: Sixers -12, Knicks +12
- Moneyline: Sixers -910, Knicks +650
- Total: 212.5
Bets We Like with a Sixers Win
FiveThirtyEight gives the Sixers a 95% chance of winning with a -18.5 point line.
Sixers Cover the Spread and Under Total Points(+270, DraftKings)
The Sixers have covered the spread in their past six home games against the Knicks and have won their past eight regular season games against the Knicks, regardless of home or away. Additionally, in the last six games these teams have played at Wells Fargo Center, five of them have gone under the total points line.
Al Horford Over 14.5 Points and Sixers Win (+100, FoxBet)
Al Horford has had success putting up points against the Knicks in his career. In his final three matchups against New York as a member of the Boston Celtics, Horford posted 19, 19, and 14 points. He’s averaging 15.5 points, including 33% from deep on 14.4 field goal attempts in just over 31 minutes per game in the month of December.
Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
Ben Simmons to Record a Double Double (+200, FoxBet)
Ben Simmons has four double-doubles on the season, including posting back-to-back double-doubles against Oklahoma City (16pts/11reb) and Cleveland (10pts/11ast). It shouldn’t be difficult for him to get one in this game. He should have his way getting into the paint against a disheveled Knicks defense and he’s averaged eight or more rebounds in five of the Sixers last six games against the Knicks. Let’s not forget his January 13 performance, in which he racked up 20 points, 22 rebounds, and nine assists. If you’re feeling frisky, FoxBet also has an odds boost of +800 for Simmons to record a triple-double.
Sixers vs. Knicks Prediction
The Sixers cover the spread, win outright, and the teams combine to go under the total points.