76ers vs Knicks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 25 (Root for Points in Christmas Day Battle)

Larry Rupp
Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Seth Wenig
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76ers vs Knicks Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, December 25, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden -- New York, NY
  • Coverage: ABC/ESPN/ESPN Deportes

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Sunday with five more games, including a battle between the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks. The 76ers rank fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 19-12 record, while the Knicks check in sixth with an 18-15 record. Fans are in for a treat on Christmas Day.

Philadelphia is coming off a seven-game home stand in which it emerged victorious in every single game. That includes a 119-14 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Meanwhile, New York has now lost back-to-back games after suffering a 118-117 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

76ers vs Knicks Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: PHI: (-122) | NYK: (+104)
  • Spread: PHI: -1.5 (-112) | NYK: +1.5 (-108)
  • Total: 218 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The 76ers enter this contest as small road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 12 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 218 points, which is below average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

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76ers vs Knicks Betting Trends

  • Philadelphia is 17-3 straight up in its last 20 games against New York.
  • The total has hit the over in six of Philadelphia's last nine games.
  • New York is 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 games.
  • The total has hit the under in eight of New York's last 12 games.

76ers vs Knicks Prediction & Pick

Philadelphia is clicking in all facets of the game right now. Center Joel Embiid is healthy and leading the NBA in points per game (32.5), while James Harden is coming off a game in which he tallied 21 assists. On the defensive end, the 76ers rank second behind Cleveland in efficiency this season.

Those are not the reasons why the 76ers line up as a mismatch, though. It comes down to the efforts from beyond the arc. Philadelphia ranks fourth in three-point shooting percentage (38.3%) and first in three-point shooting defense (32.7%). New York shoots only 33.8% from long range (No. 25 in NBA).

Philly is also a ridiculous 17-3 straight up in its last 20 games against New York, so I'll back the 76ers.

Final Score Prediction: 76ers: 114 | Knicks: 109

76ers vs Knicks Best Bet

There's no denying that these defenses are aggressive when it comes to contesting shots. However, setting the point total at 218 is too low considering the over has cashed in six of Philadelphia's last nine games. At least 219 points have been scored in each of New York's last three games as well.

All the 76ers and Knicks have to do on Sunday is be average for this over to hit. Philadelphia is averaging 110.3 points per road game and allowing 110.8 points per road game. On the other side, New York is averaging 116.4 points per home game and allowing 113.2 points per home game.

Bet: Over 218 Points (-110)

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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