This may be the longest season in Sixers’ history, and while the fans have a lot to look forward to when it comes to lottery position this summer, the players are probably having a pretty hard time right now. Tonight the losers of 16 straight games head into Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks, and the NBA Odds have New York as a -15 ½ favorite, with a total of 213 ½. While the Knicks should have no problem scoring the ball, will Philly be able to put the ball in the basket tonight? I’m very skeptical.
Sixers’ offensive struggles
Since they traded everyone away at the deadline, the Sixers have been a walking corpse on the floor. They are playing D-League players heavy minutes, and are relying on a good NBA roll player and a rookie to lead the team. No wonder they have lost 16 straight games, The NBA Odds of them losing every remaining game are very high right now, and I think they want to do exactly that.
Even against the Knicks, I don’ t think things will change. New York’s defense is not great, however when you only have two starting caliber NBA players on your roster, even the Knicks’ defense might look difficult to counter. Tyson Chandler has been playing outstanding recently, and his presence in the paint alone is going to give the Sixers trouble on offense.
Stack on top of that the fact that the Sixers’ best wing player will likely have to defend Carmelo Anthony all night, which will severely limit his offensive upside. We are at the point in the season where everyone is exhausted, and the under is going to start cashing more. Thad Young is a good player, however if he has to check Anthony all game, his offensive game could suffer because of it. If he isn’t playing well on offense, there is no way the Sixers score enough to cash the over.
The Sharp Pick
Neither team played last night, which should help both of their non-existent defenses, and even though I have no worries that Anthony and the Knicks will be able to score, the Sixers’ offense could drag here a little bit. On the road this season, the Sixers are already 17-13 cashing the under, and since the trade deadline, the Sixers have been horrific on the offensive end.
In their last two road games, the Sixers have scored 81 and 92 points respectfully, and even going up against the Knicks, I doubt they can suddenly turn on the jets and start to score. They simply don’t have enough NBA talent to keep up with the better teams this season.
Philly has cashed the under in four of their last five games, and only two of those were on the road. Their offense isn’t suddenly going to get better, and even if the Knicks somehow drop 115 points tonight, I doubt the Sixers are going to get past the mid 90s. The under has also cashed in 11 of the last 16 times these two have played one another. I’m am following that trend tonight, because I don’t think the Sixers will be able to put the ball into Madison Square Garden’s hoop.My Pick: UNDER 213 ½