Burns' **10** PERSONAL FAVORITE! ~ 19-6 L25 ~ 7 ET: While he was just 2-2 overall, Ben Burns nailed his "Personal Favorite" selection (again) on Tuesday. These highly coveted tickets are a PERFECT 2-0 this week & a TERRIFIC 19-6 the L25, in all sports. Here's his latest. Tipoff @ 7:05 ET!
Game: New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers Mar 21 2012 7:05PM
Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: I'm playing on PHILADELPHIA. The Knicks have certainly played well since the coaching change. However, this will be arguably their toughest test (since the change) and I expect them to come back down to earth. The Knicks will be playing the second of back to back games here, as they're off a win over the Raptors last night. That isn't the case for the 76ers, as they had last night off. To their credit, the Knicks did win at Indiana the last time that they played the second of back-to-back games. However, in that case, the Pacers were also involved in a back-to-back spot, as those same two teams had faced each other the previous night. Even with a victory in that game, NY is still only 5-10 SU and 6-8-1 ATS when playing the second of b2b games. Going back further finds the Knicks at 19-35 in that situation the past few seasons. (Prior to the Indiana game, the previous four times that they played the second of back-to-back games, the Knicks lost by 5, 13, 14 and 8 points.) Off a rare 3-game losing streak, the 76ers got back on track with a 25-point win on Monday. Now they return home where they are 16-9. That's a whole lot better than NY's 8-14 mark on the road. The teams have split two meetings, both at MSG, this season. Philly won the last one, which puts NY in the "revenge" role. That doesn't typically provide the Knicks with much added incentive though. In fact, they're only 7-13 ATS the last 20 times that they attempted to avenge an earlier loss. The Knicks are still a sub .500 teams and the 76ers are a commanding 17-4 SU and 16-5 ATS against teams with a losing record. With the schedule and venue in their favor, I expect them to improve on those stats this evening. *10