NBA Picks: Knicks vs. 76ers

PJ Laferla

Saturday, January 26, 2013 6:46 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 6:46 PM GMT

New York has been a nice surprise for bettors this season, while Philadelphia continues to be a disappointment. So, does that mean that we are backing the Knicks with our NBA Picks in this one?

Tonight the Knicks and 76ers clash on the court and we are breaking down the contest, which also includes our pick to beat the NBA odds.

Knicks vs. 76ers In City Of Brotherly Love

The New York Knicks (26-1 SU, 11-9 ATS away) will be on the road this Saturday night for a matchup against one of their rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers (17-25 SU, 10-11 ATS home) in a contest that features two teams from the Atlantic Division heading into different directions.

Tip off in this one is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA and can be seen live on television, with broadcast coverage provided by Comcast SportsNet.

The odds suggest the Knicks will prevail in this matchup, as online sportsbooks have listed them as -3 ½ point favorites on the road and for bettors looking to make a play on the total, you will have to decide to go over or under 193 points.

New York Knicks

The Knicks have won just five of their last ten games overall, but they are still holding tight to first place in the Atlantic Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

New York features a well-balanced team on both sides of the ball, as they own a top ten offense and defense in the NBA this season.

They are scoring an average of 100.8 points per game, while surrendering 96.1 to opponents; both categories rank 8th best in the league.

Even though New York is averaging better than the century mark in points scored per contest, their last four games have stayed under. Furthermore, the Knicks are under in four of their last five versus Eastern Conference opponents and five of their last seven played on the road.

They are also under five of their last six meeting against the 76ers when meeting in Philadelphia.

New York has covered the point spread in their last four games overall and seven of their last eight matchups against Philadelphia.

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia made a bold move in the offseason by acquiring Andrew Bynum, but the big man has yet to see action this season in a 76ers uniform; and instead of competing for the Eastern Conference crown, Philly finds themselves eight games below .500 and headed for the lottery.

They have struggled to score all season, averaging just 93.2 point per game, which is 3rd worst in the NBA this season.

The 76ers have also done a bad job against the spread lately, going 3-7 ATS in their last ten games overall and 4-9 following a game where they failed to earn an ATS win.

Philadelphia is under in four of their last five games played on a Saturday and four of five when facing a team with a winning record.

[gameodds]5/134822/43/us[/gameodds]

The Pick

New York is a good enough road team this season to beat a much weaker opponent like the 76ers on the home floor, especially by -3 ½ points. The Knicks will cruise to a straight up win and point spread cover tonight over the 76ers. Now that's a solid NBA Free Pick.

NBA Picks: Knicks -3 ½ at Bookmaker

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