Knicks Look To End 4 Game Losing Streak Against Injury Ridden 76ers

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The New York Knicks (4-14) will be facing the Philadelphia 76ers (12-6) at 7:30pm Eastern Time, at home in Madison Square Garden. The 76ers are listed as 7 point favorites after winning 5 of their last 6 games, despite being without Josh Richardson and Al Horford.

Starting Lineups- With 2 Attributes That Will Be Impactful Tonight (Strength, Weakness)

PositionNew York KnicksPhiladelphia 76ers
PGFrank Ntilikina (defense, scoring)Ben Simmons (facilitating/defense, shooting/turnovers)
SGRJ Barrett (driving, perimeter defense)Matisse Thybulle (forcing turnovers, fouling)
SFMarcus Morris Sr. (3 point shooting, turnovers)Furkan Korkmaz (3 point shooting, rebounding)
PFJulius Randle (interior scoring, turnovers)Tobias Harris (scoring/rebounding, 3 point shooting)
CTaj Gibson (rebounding, fouling)Joel Embiid (scoring/rebounding, turnovers/fouling)

Matchup Of The Night

Julius Randle vs. Tobias Harris

These two forwards matchup very well together. Randle owns a slight advantage in rebounding and assisting in this matchup, meanwhile Harris has posted a slight advantage in scoring, stealing, and blocking this season. Harris is a little quicker than Randle and will play on the perimeter more than Randle. However, Harris is shooting a poor 29.1% from three, which will be beneficial for Randle. Julius has struggled guarding the 3 point line, allowing opponents to shoot 35.6% from three while he’s guarding them. Although that is almost exactly the league average (35.5%), Randle guards the Power Forward position the majority of the time, who are usually subpar shooters from beyond the arc. Julius Randle, who takes 73.4% of his shots from inside the arc, will look to take the smaller Harris in the paint to score. Both teams will rely heavily on these players to score the ball and help run their offense.

Inactives

Knicks- Elfrid Payton and Reggie Bullock

76ers- Al Horford, Jason Richardson, Shake Milton, and Kyle O’Quinn

Key Statistics

  1. The 76ers are 7th in the NBA in field goal percentage (47%). The Knicks are 29th, shooting 42.6%.
  2. The Knicks are 7th in the NBA, shooting 37.2% from three. The 76ers are 19th, shooting 35% from three.
  3. Philadelphia is 27th in free throw percentage (73.2%). New York is last in the NBA, shooting 68% from the foul line.
  4. New York leads the NBA, averaging 12.6 offensive rebounds per game. Philadelphia is 6th in the NBA, averaging 36.9 defensive rebounds per game.
  5. The 76ers are 5th in the NBA, averaging 26.4 assists per game. The Knicks are 28th in the NBA in assists, averaging 20.6 per game.
  6. Philadelphia is 26th in the NBA, averaging 16.7 turnovers per game. The Knicks are 16th, averaging 15.4 turnovers per game.
  7. The 76ers average 8.8 steals per game, 4th in the NBA. The Knicks average 8.2 steals per game, 10th in the NBA.
  8. The Knicks are 4th in the NBA, only getting their shot blocked 3.9 times per game. The 76ers are 8th in the NBA, averaging 5.6 blocks per game.
  9. New York is 29th in the NBA, committing 23.8 fouls per game. Philadelphia is 25th in the NBA, fouling 23.2 times per game.
  10. The 76ers own the 2nd best defensive rating in the NBA (102.7). The Knicks are 22nd in defensive rating, with a rating of 111.2.

Keys To Winning

The 76ers have multiple key injuries and Ben Simmons is playing tonight, despite having an upper respiratory infection. The Knicks should look to push the pace and tire out Simmons, Harris, and Embiid. The 76ers bench will be very weak tonight, most likely only getting production from Trey Burke and Mike Scott. Not fouling and contesting the three point line will be crucial for the Knicks tonight too. Marcus Morris Sr. will have a very favorable matchup against Furkan Korkmaz, and should look to score early and often in this game. Taj Gibson and Mitchell Robinson will have their hands full, trying to stop Joel Embiid tonight. Embiid leads the 76ers with a massive 37.3% usage rate when Josh Richardson and Al Horford have been off the court this season.

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