A first-time All-Star, Jrue Holiday is averaging 26.3 ppg, to go with seven assists in three games against the Knicks. He’s been especially lethal from above the break against New York, hitting eight of his 15 attempts from that area on the court. Shutting down Holiday from distance should be the Knicks number one concern heading into this matchup.
It’s clear that as Holiday goes, so go the 76ers. Philadelphia went 7-8 over their last 15 games leading into the All-Star break, despite having 12 of the 15 games on their home court. In the seven wins, Holiday averaged 24.7 ppg on 51% shooting, but just 16.5 ppg on 38% from the floor in the losses.
It will be up to Raymond Felton to corral Holiday Sunday night at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Felton will need to close out on Holiday, and force him into the teeth of the Knicks defense. The Sixers don’t have another playmaker on Holiday’s level, so expect the Knicks to force someone else to try and beat them. With the proper rotations and closeouts, the Knicks should be able to take the season series with their division rival.
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