Add Knicks & 76ers To Stay ‘Under’ 195 Total To Your NBA Picks

LT Profits Sports Group

Friday, December 18, 2015 7:31 PM GMT

What will be the sharp NBA pick as 76ers have lost eight straight games since winning their only game, and the scores of recent meetings with the Knicks have not been very promising?

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Free NBA Pick: Under 195
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

The worst team in the NBA has failed to cover a single point spread since its only win of the season while struggling offensively, and expect another low scoring contest Friday night when the New York Knicks (12-14, 15-11 ATS) pay a visit to those Philadelphia 76ers (1-26, 11-15 ATS) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA at 7:05 ET in a game available on MSG.

The posted total at Pinnacle Sports is 195 for this contest with the current NBA odds on the ‘under’ set at -110.

 

Can’t Even Cover Spreads Any More
There was once a time this season when the 76ers were over .500 ATS even while beginning the year 0-18, as after posting their only win in their 19th game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, the Sixers actually sat at a commendable 11-8 ATS. However, they have been far less competitive while losing eight straight games since then, going 0-7-1 ATS during this time with the offense averaging a measly 90.5 points per game.

The Knicks have actually been semi-respectable at 12-14, as they are already within five games of their 17-win mark last season when their 17-65 record as NBA picks was the worst in the Eastern Conference, yes, even one game worse than the 18-64 76ers! New York comes in riding a two-game winning streak, first wrapping up a Western road trip by nipping the Trail Blazers 112-110 at Portland and then returning home to MSG and beating Minnesota 107-102.

 

Bad Offense Getting Worse
The posted total on this game actually opened up at 197 at Pinnacle and it has since been bet down to 195, but we still think this number is inflated even at that number. After all, the 76ers are dead last in the NBA in scoring at 91.1 points per game overall and second to last in field goal percentage at 41.6 percent, and believe it or not that scoring average has actually dropped further with the 90.5 points per game over the latest eight-game losing streak.

Granted the Sixers come off of the highest scoring game that they have been involved in all year on Wednesday in a 127-106 loss to the Hawks at Atlanta, a game in which Philadelphia shot 52.0 percent while allowing Atlanta to shoot 61.5 percent. That contest was a total aberration though that took on a “Street Ball” feel once the Hawks built up a huge lead, so do not expect a replay here.

 

Season Win Total Achievable
The Knicks were expected to be improved this year after some free agent acquisitions, as their posted win total of 29½ before the season was 12½ wins higher than their total wins from last year, and that improvement has come to fruition. However, New York is not exactly lighting up the scoreboard either, ranking 23rd in the league in scoring with 97.7 points per game and 26th in field goal percentage at 42.6 percent.

Where the Knicks have shown marked improvement though over last season is on the defensive end, which is another boon for the ‘under’ here, especially vs. the pathetic Sixers’ offense. New York is allowing 99.3 points per game while ranking seventh in the NBA in field goal percentage allowed at 43.0 percent and an amazing second in three-point defense!

The Knicks held the 76ers to 37.2 percent shooting the first time these teams met this season in a 99-87 New York triumph at Madison Square Garden on December 2nd.

 

Low Scoring Head-to-Head Series
Finally, the ‘under’ is 5-1 in the last six head-to-head meetings between these clubs, with the most points scored in any of those matchups being 192 in the lone ‘over’, a figure that would be good enough to stay ‘under’ this posted total. Furthermore, the ‘under’ is a lucrative 10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Philadelphia.

Given that neither of these offenses is ranked highly this season and that the teams combined for 186 points in their only meeting so far, look for yet another ‘under’ when the New York Knicks visit Philadelphia on Friday.