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NBA odds preview - Knicks vs. 76ers

New York KnicksPhiladelphia 76ers
13-22January 11, 2014, 07:30 | Wells Fargo Center12-24

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for New York when they hit take on the 76ers on Saturday in pro hoops betting action.

The 76ers bring a 12-24 record (15-21 ATS) to the battle against the 13-22 Knicks, who are 15-20 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Philadelphia go 21-14-1 so far and the Knicks go 18-17. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New York Knicks vs Philadelphia 76ers Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the 76ers sat as 2.5-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 209.

The 76ers - Knicks odds would favor the Knicks if the lines were set according to power ranks. Philadelphia is rated No. 27 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Knicks sit at No. 13. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 91-86 win for the Knicks.

New York was a 102-92 winner in its last match at home against the Heat. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 194 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Knicks got a 29-point performance from Carmelo Anthony as New York ran past Miami 102-92 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

The 76ers were a 114-104 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Pistons. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (218) made winners of OVER bettors. Philadelphia got 22 points from Thaddeus Young but lost anyway 114-104 against the Pistons on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Philadelphia's No. 8-rated squad against New York's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Philadelphia rates No. 18 in the league with 7.31 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 7 with 8.71 per outing.

Next up:
New York home to Phoenix, Monday, January 13th
Philadelphia home to Charlotte, Wednesday, January 15th