The Philadelphia 76ers, looking to gain solid footing in the Eastern Conference playoffs picture, come to the Garden to face the young, ailing, ‘Bockers.
The New York Knicks (24–44) seem to have fully embraced the tank as they have won one game since January 31. Continuing their homestand, the Philadelphia 76ers (36–30) are coming to Madison Square Garden in hopes of catching up to the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference standings.
In their most recent game, the 76ers lost a nail-biter 101–98 to the third-place Indiana Pacers and will be hoping that this divisional matchup will help garner some momentum going into the final stretch of the season. Continuing his stellar season, Joel Embiid starred for the 76ers as he poured in 29 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks as Philadelphia came up short.
In typical Knicks fashion, the team collapsed in the second half of their game against the Dallas Mavericks, compounding another loss to their month-long losing streak. Michael Beasley‘s 21 points and four rebounds off the bench proved to be the team’s best contribution in what was yet another morbid losing effort. The Knicks, losers of eight consecutive contests and 15 of their last 16 games, will try to break their cold spell against the Sixers at home, where they lost on Christmas Day to Philadelphia. Find a sportsbook that offers odds on today’s game to get a closer look at how the team will do. These ones have been reviewed and tested to ensure up-to-date security practices so your experience goes smoothly.
Here’s what you can watch for tonight versus Philly.
Ntilikina containing Redick
Playing as the off-guard as of late alongside Emmanuel Mudiay, it seems as if Frank Ntilikina will be tasked with defending the dynamic shooter J.J. Redick. Utilizing his lengthy wingspan, it will be interesting to see if the rookie guard will be able to contain the 41.6 percent three-point shooter. Redick’s role in the game as a whole will be interesting too as if he is not tasked with facing Ntilikina, he will have his work cut out for him facing off against one of the Knicks’ better perimeter players in Courtney Lee.
Tim Hardaway Jr.’s scoring
After an up and down return from a lengthy injury, Tim Hardaway Jr. has come into his own over the last 10 games, truly arising as an elite scoring option. Hardaway Jr. has averaged 22.1 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 2.2 assists per game, converting at a 48.3 percent clip, per NBA Stats. Facing off against Robert Covington at the three spot, Hardaway Jr. will have a tough test when it comes to defense, making it an intriguing matchup as he chases RoCo through nervy screens.
Williams’ official debut:
Troy Williams truly impressed during his two 10-day contract spells, earning him a two-year contract earlier this week. The athletic wing averaged 8.0 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game, shooting 51.9 percent from the field in 14.8 minutes a game off of the bench. The 76ers bench lacks an athletic wing, meaning Williams athleticism could come in handy when the second units square off.
The Knicks and 76ers will tip-off on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. EST in New York. The game will be broadcasted on MSG Network.