The New York Knicks are so bad, they Are an easy fade Using the Philadelphia 76ers coming into the Garden for Friday picks.
Here we go with the New York Knicks. It seems like every time we locate a good spot to evaporate this dreadful group for our NBA picks, they find a way to embarrass us like when they defeat the Dallas Mavericks 106-102 on the final line as road dogs. I mean, come on.
We are given the following golden chance to either eat crow or have paid by friday. The Philadelphia 76ers are coming into the Big Apple, and they have won all the past nine games against the Knicks . If were reading the tealeaves correctly, the Sixers are undervalued as 6.5-point road dogs on Fridays NBA chances board, which opened for company as I write this. Once more unto the breach, dear friends.
Considering that the team is currently currently taking Thursday off to eat poultry and all that, we have the complete list of projections for Fridays matchups of Jeff Sagarin, also along with the fine people at FiveThirtyEight, it looks like that the figures are in our corner:
FiveThirtyEight: Philadelphia –11.5
Jeff Sagarin: Philadelphia –8.63
That is a slam-dunk right there. However, how much money do we would like to bet on this mismatch? The Sixers (12-6 SU, 8-9-1 ATS) havent been as dominant as promoted, sitting beneath the 13-4 Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division. And the Knicks (4-14 SU, 9-9 ATS) have managed to break even, despite being very, very bad in the basketball.
Were not saying this to be petty or mean. New York ranking No. 28 overall in offensive performance and No. 22 on defense, according to factors scored/allowed a 100 possessions. But the Sixers are just No. 18 on crime, relying on their own ninth-ranked defense to hold objects together.
The battle is true for Joel Embiid (plus-0.8 OBPM, plus-2.2 DBPM). Hes still playing with the All-Star, however, Embiid is nowhere near the MVP several predicted he would be this year — and as we watched during Mondays match in Torontohe felt zero points to the very first time in his NBA career, assisting the undermanned Raptors win 101-96 as 1.5-point dwelling dogs.
Perhaps Mitchell Robinson (plus-2.2 OBPM, plus-4.2 DBPM) may lock Embiid the identical manner Marc Gasol and friends did for Toronto. And whats this: Frank Ntilikina (minus-1.9 OBPM, plus-0.4 DBPM) is starting to get his sea legs at point guard. That is still a horribly ill-fitting selection of unsuccessful young guards and veteran forward, but they are giving us enough pause to urge only a small wager on Philadelphia — particularly now that they have moved up to –7.5 in very ancient betting. Dang it.
Free NBA Pick: 76ers –7.5 (–105) in Bovada
Jasons 2019-20 NBA picks record through Nov. 28: 12-9 Totals, 6-5 ATS