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Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks - 12/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Knicks (9-23) at Philadelphia 76ers (20-12)
Date & Time Wednesday December 19, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -14 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
NSPA, MSG
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The New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The New York Knicks could use a feel good victory after losing seven of their last eight games. The New York Knicks are averaging 108.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 115.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 21 points and 2.9 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 15.1 points and 11.4 rebounds. Emmanuel Mudiay is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Burke is dishing three assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost five of their last six road games.

The Philadelphia 76ers could also use a win after losing three of their last four games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 113.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 112.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 26.4 points and 13.3 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 18.8 points and 2.8 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is grabbing nine rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.2 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won four of their last six home games.

The Knicks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Knicks are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia and 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The under is 7-3 in 76ers last 10 overall. The over is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 overall.

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to play games way too close to the vest and are having issues defensively, as they're allowing 114 points on 49.3 percent shooting in their last five games. The 76ers have had issues putting even bad teams away and are only outscoring teams by 7.3 points at home this season, so it's not like they're blowing the doors off anything. The New York Knicks are bad, we all know it, but they are 5-4 ATS this season when an underdog of at least nine points and have been decent enough offensively to hang around. I don't want to back the Knicks as much as the next man, but I'm not laying a monster number with the 76ers.

Pick:
New York Knicks +14

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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