While it may not be the most glamorous matchup this evening, the Knicks and Sixers represent one of the better NBA Odds values of the night. Odds makers have the line set in favor of the Knicks at -15 ½, with a total of 213 ½. While I do think the Sixers could keep this within 15 points, there is no way I’m risking it. Instead, a wager on the total could be the way to go with our NBA picks in this matchup.
Neither team played last night, which should help both of their non-existent defenses, and even though I have no worries that Carmelo 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
Both of these teams played Sunday night, and now they go into Brooklyn to pay one another after both playing in different cities the night before. The NBA Odds have the Raptors as +2 road underdogs tonight, with a total of 195. Both of these teams have been excellent defensively this season, however injuries to one side of this game make me really excited to take the other side.
Paul Pierce left Sunday’s game and did no return for the Nets, and his status for tonight’s game is still up in the air. Also up in the air are the statuses of Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko. Garnett has missed the last several games with a back injury, and even though he was listed as a game time decision last night, he did not play. He should have the same label tonight. Kirilenko sprained his ankle against the Kings yesterday, and he looks to be a game time decision as well.
All three of these guys potentially missing leaves a ton of value open to take points with the Raptors. The Raptors have covered their last two, and three of their last four meetings with the Nets, and they have won and covered their last three games overall. Despite the back to back, I expect the Raptors to be the play here. Toronto is 7-5 ATS this season playing on no rest.
My Pick: Raptors +2