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Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks - 1/11/14

New York Knicks (13-22) at Philadelphia 76ers (12-23)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds

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The New York Knicks look for their fourth straight victory as they battle the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.

Head to head, the Knicks are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Philadelphia while the road team is 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The 76ers are 13-30 ATS in their last 43 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games.The Knicks on the other hand are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

It's about time the two New York teams showed us something. The Knicks come into tonight's game winners of three straight and four of five after their impressive 102-92 win over the visiting Miami Heat on Thursday night, despite a short-handed roster. It's been a welcome turn around for a team that closed 2013 with a 9-21 record, however, New York all of a sudden finds themselves just one game out of eighth spot in the East after winning four of five in the New Year.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers are riding a three game losing streak after winning the last four games of their recent six-game road trip. Defense continues to be a glaring problem for this young squad as they have giving up a whopping 111 points per game this season, which is easily the worst in the NBA. They have really struggled in their three games following their recent road trip, giving up an average of 117 points. What's worse, their last two games have come against the offensively challenged Cavaliers and Pistons.

The Knicks do have some players missing tonight (Chandler, Udrih, Prigiono and MWP), but I don't think it's going to matter much. New York's New Year's resolution must of been to play better basketball because that's just what they have done so far in 2014, taking down the likes of San Antonio, Dallas and Miami. Their only loss in that last five games has come on the road at Houston by a single bucket, which could of easily been a win. On the other hand, the 76ers have lost their last three by an average of 20 points and to be honest, their competition hasn't been that great either. New York all the way here...

Dan’s Pick: New York -2.5

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks - 1/11/14

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