NEW YORK over Philadel­phia by 7

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2017-18 Ncaa & Nba Basketball -

Christ­mas Day tips off at MSG where the Six­ers have dropped each of their last 7 games on this court. Af­ter some im­pres­sive play in Novem­ber, Philly has dropped 6 of 8 this month, fall­ing be­low .500 for the first time since Oc­to­ber. Cen­ter Joel Em­biid leads the way for the 76ers, post­ing 24 points and 11 re­bounds per con­test, while Ben Sim­mons is ful­fill­ing his mas­sive po­ten­tial af­ter miss­ing his rookie sea­son with an in­jury. On the down side, the Six­ers were 0-3 SUATS in di­vi­sion games this sea­son at press time prior to back-to-back games with Toronto. Mean­while, the Knicks saw their 4-game win­ning streak snapped on Mon­day night in Char­lotte, as Kristaps Porzingis was side­lined with a sore knee, but he is ex­pected to re­turn for this na­tion­ally tele­vised con­test on ESPN. The Knicks are 5-2 SU and 6-1 ATS their last seven as home dogs in this series and 7-4 ATS over­all as home dogs this sea­son at press time – not to men­tion 5-1 ATS home on Mon­days. Time to un­wrap this beauty, as Santa left a bonus gift today.p them on our fade list. No mag­i­cal out­come for Wash­ing­ton fans here.

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