The Tip-Off: Sixers Kick-Off Homestand Against Knicks

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks
Feb 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) controls the ball as New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) defends during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After a three-game road trip, the Philadelphia 76ers (8-5) will host the New York Knicks (4-10) Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center. Opening tip-off will be at 7 p.m. EST.

Coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Radio coverage will be on 97.5 The Fanatic.

The Sixers are 12.5 point favorites, with the over/under set at 213.5.

Home Sweet Home

The Sixers started off hot this season, exploding to a 5-0 record. Since then, all of their losses have come on the road. In fact, the team dropped five straight road games in the beginning stretch of the season. The Sixers played nine of their first 13 games on the road as well.

This being said, the Sixers are undefeated so far at home (4-0). They finally reach their home stretch, with 13 of their next 18 games being played in Wells Fargo Center. They have had great success in recent seasons in their own arena, posting a whopping 64-21 record since the start of the 2017 season.

Know Your Enemy: New York Knicks

The Sixers will host their neighbors to the north for the first time this season. The New York Knicks are as dreadful as they have been in recent years.

Former Boston Celtic and familiar foe Marcus Morris is leading the Knicks in points thus far this season (18.6 points per game). As for rebounding and assists, Julius Randle leads the team with 9.3 and 3.9 per game, respectively.

Stellar rookie RJ Barrett is probable for tomorrow night’s game with a sprained left thumb.

Prediction

Expect the Sixers to come out with a vengeance Wednesday night. The Knicks are the Knicks and will present no challenge. The most eventful occurrence of the night could come if Marcus Morris and Ben Simmons go at it again.

The 76ers know that they need a high scoring, lockdown defense game. Tobias Harris is working his way out his shooting slump and looks to continue trending upward. Fully expect the Sixers to get Matisse Thybulle extended minutes, as they should be up for most of the game.

The Sixers will win 125-102 over the Knicks on the chilly November night in South Philly.

Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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