NY Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers Odds & Picks 3/2/22

by | Mar 2, 2022 | nba

New York Knicks (25-36 SU, 26-35-0 ATS) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (37-23 SU, 31-29-0 ATS)

When: Wednesday March 02 2022, 07:30 PM (ET)

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TV: MSG

Point Spread: NYK +10.5/PHI -10.5 (Opened PHI -10.5 at MyBookie - Use bonus code PREDICT100 and get a 100% REAL CASH bonus up to $300!)

Total: 223.5 (Opened at 224)

Money Line: New York Knicks +426/Philadelphia 76ers -587

Power Rating: PHI -8

Probable Starting Lineups

New York Knicks PG Alec Burks, SG Evan Fournier, SF R.J. Barrett, PF Julius Randle, C Mitchell Robinson

Philadelphia 76ers PG James Harden, SG Tyrese Maxey, SF Matisse Thybulle, PF Tobias Harris, C Joel Embiid

Key Injuries

Knicks
Quentin Grimes: knee (OUT) Derrick Rose: ankle (OUT) Kemba Walker: conditioning (OUT)

76ers
No Reported Injuries

The Philadelphia 76ers host the New York Knicks in a Non-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 07:30 PM ET at the Wells Fargo Center.

Recent Form

The New York Knicks come into this game with an overall record of 25-36, placing them 12nd in the Eastern Conference. Throughout the season, New York has struggled in their 29 road contests, sitting at 12-17. Over the Knicks’ last five games, they have picked up just 0 wins. In this stretch, New York’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 108.0 points per game. Combined, the Knicks’ last five opponents are giving up 109.0 points per contest. A key reason for New York’ recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 118.0 points over their previous five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 107.0. In the New York Knicks’ most recent game, the team fell to Philadelphia by a score of 125-109.

The Philadelphia 76ers come into this game with an overall record of 37-23, placing them 3rd in the Eastern Conference. So far, Philadelphia is above .500 at home, holding a record of 16-13. The 76ers have played well over their last five games, picking up 4 wins. During this stretch, Philadelphia is averaging 114.0 points per game, 6.0 points more than their season average of 108.2. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 107.0 points per contest. Even though the 76ers have been adding to the win column, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 112.0 points per game, up from Philadelphia’s usual rate of 106.0. In the Philadelphia 76ers’ most recent game, Philadelphia took down New York by a score of 125-109.

Individual Player Analysis

As New York travels to take on the Philadelphia 76ers, the Knicks’ leading scorer is Julius Randle. Through 60 games, Randle is averaging 19 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 50.0% of his games. So far, the 76ers are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 50.0% of their games, placing them 16th among NBA defenses. On the other side, Joel Embiid leads the 76ers in scoring, averaging 29 points across his 47 games. Throughout the season, Embiid has outscored his season average in 57.0% of his outings. However, if he hopes to add to this total, Embiid will need to do so against a Knicks defense that has been tough on their opponent’s top scorers. So far, leading scores have surpassed their season average at a rate of just 32.61%. This figure is good for a rank of 1st in the league.

Matchup Analysis

Heading into this matchup, the Philadelphia 76ers are the more efficient team on both ends of the court. This scenario has taken place in 15 of Philadelphia’s 57 games, leading to a winning percentage of 67%. So far, the New York Knicks have played 12 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 12 times, by an average margin of -12.0 points.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers have met up for 3 games. In their last meeting, Philadelphia picked up a 125-109 win.

How the Public is Betting the Knicks vs 76ers

67% are betting the 76ers against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 223.5

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Knicks are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest.
  • Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Heading into this game, all the hype is surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers’ new dynamic duo of James Harden and Joel Embiid. In their first two games, this combo has been deadly in the pick and roll. However, with a spread at 10.5 points, I like the Knicks to cover. In Sunday’s matchup, New York had an opportunity to pull off the upset late into the game. Instead, the team went ice cold down the stretch. In addition, I don’t see Embiid getting to the free-throw line with the same frequency. Look for New York to keep this game within 10 points. Note: I wrote a bunch of game previews today! Be sure to see my other matchups on our free NBA picks page!