It has been a struggle once again for the Knicks this year, as the roster has just not come together as expected. They do not have a star, and though his numbers have been solid, they have all been for naught for Julius Randle.
No matter what his stat line looks like on a given night, it is not making a difference in who ultimately gets the win.
The same is true for rookie #2 pick RJ Barrett, who isn’t playing poorly but is also not excelling. He did win Rising Stars MVP, though.
Meanwhile, Philly is in a tailspin, having dropped seven road games in a row. And with Ben Simmons out with a back injury, and Joel Embiid leaving after eight mins versus Cleveland, they lost to the lowly Cavaliers.
On the bright side, they have lost only two home games this year, playing hard through all of the boos raining down from the home fans. It has not been a year to remember for the new-look 76ers, who have a lot of work to do to make themselves a contender.
The 76ers are an 8.5-point favorite on their home floor tonight. The over/under is set at 214.5.
Knicks looking for road win
Winning games in Philly has been nearly impossible for the teams that have tried this season. And the Knicks are aiming to be just the third. Randle is leading the way with 19 points and nearly 10 boards per game on the year.
They traded Marcus Morris, who was averaging a shade under 20 points, over to the Clippers at the deadline. But worst of all for this team on the season has been their point guard play. Elfrid Payton has had his moments, but he, Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., and Kadeem Allen likely form the worst point guard group in the league.
They got a big performance from Mitchell Robinson in a narrow loss to Charlotte last night as he had 12 points and 16 boards in 30 minutes off the bench. He was a shot-blocking machine, too.
76ers looking to get it done at home
When they play in Philadelphia, they really just cannot seem to take any defeats. No matter how much they may struggle on the road, when they get back to their main facility, things all go well. With Ben Simmons out and Joel Embiid likely joining him, they will need guys to step up.
And we saw Shake Milton, finally getting big minutes last night, doing just that. He was stroking the three-ball in the fourth quarter, as he tried to keep his team in the game. Al Horford likely slots in as the starting center tonight, and he should be able to perform well.
Look for Furkan Korkmaz and Tobias Harris to have big performances for the home squad this evening.
Philly knocks off Knicks at home
A strong performance from the short-handed club will lift them to the win.
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