NBA Betting: Points At a Premium As Lowly Philly Visit Erratic Knicks


Unibet columnist Mark Woods expects a low-scoring content between NBA strugglers New York and Philadelphia...


New York Knicks 1.23, Philadelphia 76ers 3.90 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.35 GMT)

Is there a more dysfunctional, baffling or divisive team in the NBA than the New York Knicks?

Lurching from one crisis to another, nothing seems beyond impossible for a franchise that is well used to such a pattern.

With four losses in a row, their playoff hopes are fading once more and there’s another potential jolt on Wednesday when the equally-lowly Philadelphia 76ers come to Madison Square Garden.

The Sixers, just two wins back in the Eastern Conference standings, are 3.90 to end their own three-game skid. And it could be fantastic value if their hosts continue to play with an apparent lack of compulsion.

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony called his team out after their 103-80 routing by Brooklyn on Monday and it was the fourth successive time New York had gone down by more than ten points. In none of those, did they manage above 98 points.

Defeat by Philly, who have ceded their last three by an average of 17, would be inexcusable, especially after claiming a 102-92 victory on the road earlier this month.

But nothing in Knicksland can be taken for granted. Which is why, if you don’t fancy a gamble on the 76ers, the safe bet is to go under the total points line of 203.5 as two old rivals battle to be the less worse.

 

Phoenix Suns 2.80, Indiana Pacers 1.43 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 03.35 GMT)

The Indiana Pacers have accelerated clear of the pack with five straight wins and they look perfectly placed to cool off the Phoenix Suns.

Already giving up a league-low 88.3 points, the Pacers – who are -4.5 on the match handicap - also lead the NBA in opposing field goal percentage and from three-point range. That potentially takes away Phoenix’s chief asset with their long-range shooting contributing to their average tally of 108.5 per game at home.

Paul George is 20.00 third favourite to win the MVP prize this season with Kevin Durant now down to 1.35. If the Pacers continue as they are, George will definitely pick up some votes.

 

Best bet: Go under the total points line of 203.5 in New York-Philadelphia at 1.85