NBA Picks: 76ers vs. Knicks

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, February 24, 2013 5:16 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 5:16 PM UTC

Atlantic division foes collide between old rivals as the Sixers invade New York in our NBA picks for Sunday night.

76'ers vs. Knicks

Swinging Johnson - NBA Record (3-5, -8.4 units)

*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.


The last time I offered my sage advice, I was rebounding from an embarrassing 0-2 Thursday night with the UNDER in Friday night's Rockets/Nets tilt.  Oh my, all the haters began to peck at their keyboards, eviscerating me in the comments section at the bottom of my article (yes, I check what my adoring public has to say) when the teams combined for 114 points at the half of a 209 total.  Alas, the haters stopped chirping when the total went UNDER and we cashed with a four unit play.  But at 3-5 on the season, we still have work to do.

Philadelphia 76'ers (22-31 SU, 24-29  ATS)

The Sixers got waxed at home last night by the Miami Heat 114-90, which dropped them even further out of playoff contention while their backers are gasping at the betting windows, burning the cash in three of their last four outings.

Philly has been a mess on the road, dropping their last seven straight and 15 of their last 17.  But last night they were at home and getting an 8 ½ point head start in your NBA betting odds but were outscored in every quarter and outclassed in virtually every aspect of the game by the World Champs.  Jrue Holiday collected 21 points to lead the way for Philadelphia but there was nothing that was going to stop LeBron and company from putting another notch in their holster last night.

Andrew Bynum continues to rehab is balky knees and has not played a game in a Sixers uniform this season.  However if there are a few silver linings in the Sixers bleak 2012-2013 season it would be a solid defense (ranked 6th averaging 95.7 points allowed per game) and the emergence of  former UCLA point guard Jrue Holiday who has become the team leader and leads the club in both points and assists.

New York Knicks (32-20 SU, 26-25-1 ATS)

The Knicks are in the midst of their own midseason swoon losing their last four but more importantly failing to cover in all four of those games as well according to the NBA betting odds.  The recent malaise began when the Knicks were blown out by the Clippers at home on February 10th and then followed that debacle up with an even more disastrous loss to the Raptors as an eight-point home favorite.  New York then took to the highway and endured one of their most lopsided losses of the season when the Pacers drilled them 125-91.  Their last loss occurred in a rematch with Toronto where they went into the Raptors building as 1 ½ point road favorites according to the NBA oddsmakers and came out with a 100-98 defeat.

Despite this recent reversal of fortune the Knicks have a pretty good team this year.  They are currently the number three seed in the Eastern Conference standings and are ranked 10th in points per game and 11th in points allowed.  The Knicks signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract to hopefully fill the void created by the injuries to Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace.  The Knicks still have Carmelo Anthony, averaging over 28 PPG, but the team concept thing is still a bit foreign to the Knicks, ranked 29th in assists per game.


The Pick

New York has won and covered two of the three games played between the clubs this season.  However, the Sixers did dominate in their last meeting in Philly with a convincing 97-80 victory.

Obviously New York is the more talented team, has the home advantage and perhaps are looking for the Sixers as the perfect remedy to what ails them.  Despite being leery of laying double digits with a team that has not proven worthy of such a handicap over the past four games, I will hold my nose and tread lightly with a play on the Knickerbockers at MSG this evening.

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