The Sixers were the team who, at the beginning of the season, gave clear signs of being uninterested in winning, in order to obtain the best possible chance of landing the most ping pong balls in this summer’s draft lottery process.
Because of that very public strategy, Philadelphia has been fielding lineups that were questionable at best, and has come away as losers more often than not.
But hosting a game against a Knicks team that has embraced that strategy midseason, the Sixers are expected to win by the oddsmakers — for the first time all year.
From CSN Philly.com:
The Sixers are favored in an NBA game.
Yep, for the first time all season, the Sixers have the support of Las Vegas, sitting as 6.5 point favorites to beat the Knicks tonight, according to Pregame.com’s RJ Bell.
It helps matters that the Knicks have been the only team in the league more consistently terrible on a nightly basis than the Sixers. New York sits two games behind the Sixers in the standings (or two games ahead in the quest for the most ping-pong balls in the draft lottery, depending on your perspective).
Part of this is that the Knicks will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back set in Philadelphia, after falling at home the night before in overtime against the similarly lowly Timberwolves.
The other part is that the Sixers have been competitive recently, even in losses.
I’m not sure that the Sixers shouldn’t be favored in this situation, but if you feel the need to actually put money on this one, I would advise you to seek help, and seek help fast.