Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid reacts to Chicago Bulls fans after hitting a 3-point shot late in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Bulls on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Chicago. The 76ers won 114-105. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The Philadelphia 76ers are 4.5-point home favorites over the New York Knicks on Monday (Nov. 8th, 7:10 pm ET)
Philadelphia enters play on a six-game winning streak, while New York has dropped three straight
Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction
Two teams going in complete opposite directions clash on Monday (November 8th), as the Philadelphia 76ers host the New York Knicks.
Philly is currently riding a six-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the NBA, while New York enters play losers of three straight.
Knicks vs 76ers Odds
New York Knicks
O 210 (-110)
U 210 (-110)
Odds as of Nov. 7th at FanDuel.
The 76ers opened up as a 4.5-point home favorite, in a game that features a total of 210. Philadelphia will once again be shorthanded, as staring forward Tobias Harris and reserve forward Matisse Thybulle are out with COVID, while guard Danny Green is questionable with a hamstring injury that’s forced him to miss three consecutive games.
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Despite the key absences, Philly didn’t miss a beat on Saturday, cruising to a 114-105 win over Chicago. The victory was the Sixers second in four nights over the Bulls, and was led by Joel Embiid. The Process poured in 30 points and grabbed 15 boards, helping head coach Doc Rivers join an exclusive club.
Win No. 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣
With the victory tonight, Doc Rivers becomes just the 10th coach in NBA history to reach the 1,000 win mark 👏 pic.twitter.com/AamvWReu2H
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 7, 2021
Rivers became just the 10th coach in NBA history to reach 1000 wins, and it happened in his 23rd season on the sidelines. Furkan Korkmaz added 25 points, drilling a career-high seven three-pointers, while five other Philadelphia players reached double-figures.
The 76ers shots a blistering 53.1% from the field, and 50% from beyond the arc, helping to overcome a poor rebounding night. Strong shooting numbers are nothing new to this team, as Philly leads the NBA in both field goal percentage and three-point efficiency.
As I said in the beginning of the year, Philly will come together and Win games. Guys like Maxey, Curry and Korkmaz are motivated and stepping up!
Ben Simmons plans are backfiring and the more Philly wins… his Value will continue to drop! Not looking good. Carry on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) November 7, 2021
Defensively, the Sixers own the league’s seventh best scoring defense, which was on full display as they held Chicago to 40% shooting, and 24% from beyond the arc.
Knicks In a Funk
New York meanwhile, was in action on Sunday, dropping a 126-109 home decision to Cleveland. Julius Randle led the way with 19 points, while Derrick Rose had 15 points starting in place of Kemba Walker.
Walker sat out for an undisclosed reason, but will reportedly be back in the starting lineup on Monday. Normally one of the better shooting teams in the league, the Knicks struggled against the Cavs draining only 45.9% of their looks. They were especially cold from three, dropping just 9-of-31 attempts (29%).
“Our defense wasn’t very good. Our rebounding wasn’t very good. If we’re gonna rely strictly on offense, we’re gonna pay a price for it.” – Tom Thibodeau pic.twitter.com/nN0yTwjihp
— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) November 8, 2021
Defense was New York’s calling card last season, but so far in the early stages of this campaign that hasn’t been the case. The Knicks rank 18th in scoring defense, and allowed Cleveland to shoot 54% from the field and from three.
this is the New York Knicks’ 5th home game of the season.
in 3 out of those 5, a player on the visiting team has recorded their career-high points scored:
1) Jaylen Brown (46)
2) OG Anunoby (36)
3) Ricky Rubio (37)
wtf is going on at Madison Square Garden….
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 8, 2021
New York will likely be happy to hit the road, as Madison Square Garden has not been kind to them this season. The Knicks are just 2-3 at home so far, and have issued career-high point totals to three opposing players already this season.
Knicks vs 76ers Pick
New York has also struggled versus the spread recently failing to cover in three of its past five outings. The Knicks are 0-2 as a road underdog this season, while Philly has been cashing tickets left, right and center.
.@sixers things pic.twitter.com/CpzIRiDVSB
— Lauren Rosen (@LaurenMRosen) November 7, 2021
The 76ers have covered in five straight, and are 5-1 ATS as a favorite. They were a perfect 3-0 versus New York last season, and given their elite shooting and the Knicks’ current struggles, we should expect the 76ers impressive winning streak to continue.
Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -4.5 (-110)