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Game Preview: Knicks vs 76ers- 2/13/19

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I prefer Pittsburgh.

Rough stuff these days for the Knicks (10-46). Not easy to be a fan either. They are definitively the worst team in the NBA. They solidified their position with a narrow loss to Cleveland on Monday. Now they have lost 17 games in a row. They have lived. It isn’t quite as bad as what Philadelphia got up to back in the 2013-14 season with 26 consecutive losses. The thing is, that’s not as far away as you might think. This losing streak is practically old enough to vote.

If there’s anything to take away from other people’s failures, it’s that the Sixers (36-21) have turned things around. They might be a decent model for how to envision the future. You can debate the trades, picks and signings they’ve made, whether or not that will be enough to drag Philly to the mountaintop. You can debate whether there are even parallels from them to the current Knicks. One thing that’s for certain is that the pendulum swings.


Projected Starters

Goodness gracious. Here comes the pain.

Key Matchup

There is really nowhere for the Knicks to make hay if the sun is blinding them. I suppose your best bet is to hope that DeAndre Jordan decides he has something to prove against Joel Embiid. If Embiid goes off the reservation to buy some real estate in something that doesn’t help the team, maybe it will disrupt Philly’s rhythm. There are a few new pieces coach Brett Brown may still have to figure out. Unfortunately for the Knicks they are all filling in perfectly up to this point. Since the trade that netted them Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott, the Sixers have bludgeoned two of their opponents, and had a tough battle that ended in a loss last night to the Celtics.

I for one am worried. No one can stop anyone. Godspeed, Knicks. I guess, just try to have fun.

Prediction

Utter domination, start to finish.

Knicks by -47.

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