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Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons reacts to his dunk during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons reacts to his dunk during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)|Associated Press
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NBA Friday: Frank has everything under control in two low-scoring game picks - Sixers at Pistons and Celtics at Knicks

First tip is at 7:05 pm EDT.

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

Sixers (-3.5) @ Pistons (216.5)

Pick: Under 216.5

No Joel Embiid for Philadelphia tonight and no Blake Griffin for Detroit. That’s a lot of scoring that won’t be on the floor in the Motor City. The Sixers are so long and athletic and are going to defend at a high level all season long and we saw that in Wednesday’s season opener against Boston. Shooting looks like it will still be a weakness for Philly so the Sixers will probably have to get more points in the paint than the majority of the league this season. Two is less than three in case you didn’t know so this coupled with the Sixers’ high-end defensive potential has us thinking Philly will be a profitable under team early on until the market catches up. The Pistons scored just 37 points in the second half on Thursday against the Hawks and are playing their third game in four days to open the season. First to 105 wins here which means under 216.5 is a worthwhile investment.

Celtics (-5.5) @ Knicks (217.5)

Pick: Under 217.5

We mentioned Detroit is playing its third game in four days to open the season in our previous handicap. Well, both Boston and New York are in that same spot tonight as both played on Friday and opened its seasons on Wednesday. The Celtics needed a 36-24 fourth quarter to come from behind to defeat the defending champion Raptors. The Knicks nearly pulled off a similar comeback outscoring the Nets 26-19 in the final period on Friday but fell short at Barclays Center 113-109. Granted, it’s only the first week of the season, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking there might be some tired legs at the world’s most famous arena on Saturday night. We’ll go under in this one as well.

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