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Christmas Day NBA Hoops! (14-18) Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks (17-15)
Date: Monday December 25
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -1
NBA Betting Total: 213.5
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Opening the five game menu of the NBA Christmas Day festivities the Philadelphia 76ers travel to the Mecca and tip off versus the New York Knicks at noon ET on ESPN. Philly are on a five game losing streak. The Knicks are coming off a tough loss on the road to the Pistons, but are hard to beat at the Garden.
Both squads are extremely familiar with getting the nod for the coveted Christmas Day game. Philadelphia makes their 30th appearance (16-13). The New York Knicks are a virtual yearly shoo-in, making a league high 52nd appearance (22-29).
These teams have a storied history having played a total of 445 times with the Sixers winning 244 times. Last season, the Atlantic Division rivals split the four game season series.
Joel Embiid wasn’t expected to play in Toronto, but the big man took a commercial flight on his own in order to suit up. Unfortunately, the Raptors who’ve only had one Christmas Day appearance (2001) used the game to send a message to the NBA brass regarding their omission from the festivities.
Despite his best efforts the Sixers were outmatched by the deeper Raptors. At the half as the big man left the court he appeared to be walking gingerly, but he returned to finish the game. Even at less than 100 percent however, he was productive with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks. The assumption is he’ll be ready to face the unicorn
Philly came out looking like a squad desirous of ending the losing streak, but were unable to sustain the effort or deal with a tough Raptors defense. Losing to a top team is indicative of the 76ers identity as they continue to lose to the very top teams and the cellar dwellers. The Knicks might be the perfect fodder however as Philly feasts on the middling squads.
J.J. Redick missed his second consecutive game (hamstring) as did Furkan Korkmaz (foot). Neither Justin Anderson (shin splints) nor Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will play.
New York Knicks
For as much as Embiid makes a palpable difference in the Sixers win column, the same can be said for Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks who are 1-5 without him. By far the draw for this game is the matchup of Porzingis and Embiid.
Taking over as the main guy in the Mecca, Porzingis is producing 24.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.0 blocks while shooting 38.2% from deep.
New York is 6-3 in their last nine games with all three losses coming on the road. In addition to the home court prowess the Knicks are getting solid contributions from their rookie and a rejuvenated Michael Beasley.
Known as a solid defender Frank Ntilikina is showing the ability to hit from range. Beasley is also playing like a man on a mission with his 32 point, 12 rebound outburst fueling the upset win versus Boston. Through 11 games in December Beasley is averaging 16 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists
Tim Hardaway Jr. remains out (calf) and isn’t expected to return til the New Year.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Sixers are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in New York.
- Over is 6-2 in New York last 8 overall.
- Knicks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction: Noon start time will push score under
Embiid thrives in the spotlight, but his back remains an issue. Certainly the Sixers are desperate to end the losing skid, but the Knicks are a different squad at home.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Take the under
A noon tip off virtually guarantees a sluggish start despite the 76ers needing to jump on the Knicks immediately. Therefore I’m leaning toward a tightly contested match with the final shot capturing the win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Knicks 103 – Sixers 102
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