DREW BISHOP’S TUESDAY NIGHT PHILADELPHIA PICKS

Furkan Korkmaz O 11.5 points (-130), O 1.5 3P’s (-135)

Tonight, the Sixers face the New Orleans Pelicans in a rematch of the October 20th season opener for both teams. In that matchup, the Sixers came away with the 117-97 win on the road, pulling away in the 4th with enough time to get BBall Paul and the rest of the bench some garbage minutes.

The key to the game was the 76ers’ success from deep, shooting 13/25 (52%) from beyond the arc. One of the snipers responsible was forward Furkan Korkmaz, who had a perfect 4/4 clip from three on the way to 22 points. At the time, Korkmaz was competing for touches/minutes with an entire healthy roster and still managed to hit a couple meaningful three’s in the 4th quarter.

Fast forward to Tuesday’s night contest, the Sixers are depleted, meaning Korkmaz will have plenty of opportunities. Seth Curry (ankle) and Danny Green (hip) are both out again. This will leave a ton of space on the perimeter for Furkan to do work against the 29th ranked three point defense of the Pelicans.

On the positive front for Philly, forward Matisse Thybulle has been upgraded to questionable to return tonight. If it was Curry or Green, there would be cause for concern. But since Matisse is a defensive stud, he will alleviate pressure off Korkmaz on that end of the floor, allowing him to dedicate more to his strength, shooting.

All eyes are on the red-hot Joel Embiid, and while I expect him to be at least ⅓ of the Philly offense tonight, it is less of a sure bet than Furkan. Against the second-worst three-point defense in the league, bet on the Turkish sharpshooter to do what he does best.

Flyers (+200) @ Islanders

Alright, hear me out.

A week ago, today, we were here taking the -125 favorite Islanders to defeat the skidding Flyers. Oh boy that was a sweat.

The Flyers led 3-2 until Carter Hart gave up a third period goal to Casey Cizikas that forced it to OT, then a shootout. The shootout showed the ineptitude of both team’s offenses as it went NINE shots before the Islanders eventually finished it. Both goalies were playing well, but it was clear neither side had the weapons to execute. Since then, the Flyers have dropped games to the Blue Jackets, Sabres, and Stars. They have lost 12 in a row and with a loss Tuesday, will set the franchise all-time record for winless streak. But tonight, they are not receiving enough value versus a team that needed OT and nine shootout chances to defeat them a week ago.

After last night’s loss to the Stars, interim head coach Mike Yeo emphasized that the team was not lacking energy, just needed to execute better. That is a good sign for Flyers’ fans because it shows the team has not given up, they’re just in a rut. At this point, the team’s success is more predicated on day-by-day improvement rather than wins and losses. I believe there is a real chance for Philadelphia to suppress an underachieving Islanders offense and turn some of those failed chances last night against the Stars into SOG’s.

This is a tough underdog spot to push units on because of the Flyers’ recent track record. They’re playing like the worst team in hockey and haven’t had much luck to go along with it. However, this is a good spot for a bad team because the Islanders offense won’t be able to take advantage of as many opportunities. Another great, but safer, play on the docket is Flyers +1.5 at -130. This is nearly even odds for Philly to simply lose by 1 goal, a spread they would have covered easily a week ago. With that being said, it would be a shame for the Flyers to snap a 12-game losing streak and some loyal fans to not capitalize on the +200 underdog price.

This cold stretch for the team has reached the point where they will snap it soon, and tonight may be the perfect chance. Put the paper bag over your head, cross your fingers, and sprinkle a bit on Flyers ML Tuesday evening.

Written By Drew Bishop

 

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