Philadelphia 76ers (36-30) at New York Knicks (24-44)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +8 -- Over/Under: 218.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks meet Thursday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Philadelphia 76ers need a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 107.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.5 points and 11 rebounds while Ben Simmons is averaging 16.2 points and 7.6 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Dario Saric is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have split their last eight road games.
The New York Knicks look to play spoiler in this spot while snapping an eight-game losing streak. The New York Knicks are averaging 103.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.5 points and 2.7 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.1 points and 10.8 rebounds. Courtney Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Beasley is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks haven’t won a home game since January 30.
The 76ers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games, 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Knicks are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 home games, 3-15 ATS in their last 18 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The 76ers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New York, 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The New York Knicks are allowing nearly 48 percent shooting and almost being outscored by 15 points in their last five games. With a banged up roster and a chance to gain a better draft pick, the Knicks have given up on the season long ago and have been a punching bag for the rest of the league the last few weeks. The Philadelphia 76ers are fresh off a bad loss to the Pacers in which they turned the ball over 21 times, but they have done a better job of winning games they should win, despite not covering much. The trends are ugly for the 76ers, but picking the Knicks is not an option in their current form, unless you're getting an insane amount of points.