The Philadelphia 76ers look to extend their perfect away record against the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
New York (2-1) has shown both sides of the coin at Madison Square Garden, but bettors are getting value NBA betting odds with the home side, so is it worth taking?
76ers Beating Easy Teams
Despite not having Ben Simmons on the floor, there are positive signs for the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the 2-1 record includes wins over New Orleans and Oklahoma City, so it’s not that impressive.
Their only defeat was a tough loss to the Brooklyn Nets, where they led throughout but allowed the Nets to go one a big closing run. Winning those games will be important if the 76ers want to make the playoffs.
putting in work. 💪 pic.twitter.com/XVTWpaNtBu
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 25, 2021
The Sixers don’t appear to be missing Simmons. That could all change when they face the Knicks, who are good at guarding the paint. That’s where the majority of damage is done for the 76ers, despite having the likes of Seth Curry and Tobias Harris on the wings.
The offense runs through center Joel Embiid, and if he’s heavily guarded in the paint, he won’t be able to dominate. New York is more than happy to allow open three-point shooters, so they’ll need to knock down their shots.
Philadelphia could expose the often lazy defense, especially from Kemba Walker. The former Celtic was made to look second-rate in the overtime win over Boston on opening night, and despite getting the win, his defense was not up to NBA level.
If the 76ers can pick out guys like Walker late in the game, they could steal a road win.
The sportsbook has Philadelphia as the slight underdog, which is mostly due to their poor previous record on the road. They opened as the -110 favorites, but strong money came for the Knicks overnight.
Knicks Should Have Recovered
Scoring a 138-134 opening night win over the Boston Celtics could have taken its toll when the New York Knicks played Orlando for the second time.
The first meeting went New York’s way with a 121-96 victory, but the team looked fatigued when losing 110-104 at home. The Knicks will want to make Madison Square Garden a fortress, so losing to the Magic at home isn’t ideal.
However, we’re confident the Knicks have what it takes to be a leading team in the Eastern Conference. Despite some defense lapses, they have enough offense to keep them competitive.
Julius Randle always improves as the season continues and he’s doing his fair share of the workload. He is averaging 28.7 points per game and, although he’ll need his teammates to step up their games, seeing Randle in early form is a sight to see.
Derrick Rose is better than Kemba Walker.
— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) October 21, 2021
Walker’s defense has been the biggest problem. He was benched for Derrick Rose for the last 18 minutes in the loss to the Magic.
“Like our team, he’s had some good moments,’’ head coach Tom Thibodeau told The New York Post. “There’s been some moments not as good as he can play. But our team, we get in a situation like tonight, you’re searching. I was searching for guys who could give us a shot. I thought the group we ended up closing with gave us our best shot.”
Walker might be a friendly guy off the court, but he needs to deliver some killer instincts on the floor. Until he fully commits to winning, the Knicks won’t reap the rewards.
76ers vs Knicks Pick
There has been some serious betting online movement for the Knicks, who opened as the home underdogs. They are now into favoritism, and we think it’s an inspired betting move.
Despite our concerns with the defense, we think the Knicks will have something to prove against the 76ers. Philadelphia has been one of the best teams in this conference for some time, and the Knicks want to become a consistent winning team.
If Randle and RJ Barrett can have big games on offense, they should have too many guns for the visitors.
We’re happy to take the Knicks at the current odds, and there is a steady flow of money coming their way.