New York Knicks Will Face Philadelphia 76ers in Back-to-Back Games

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Following the season-opening victory over the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks will play their division-opener against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Knicks will play their next two games against the 76ers with the first coming on Sunday at Madison Square Garden at 12 p.m. The second game will take place on Monday in Philadelphia at 7 p.m.

With the 76ers’ prized acquisition center Andrew Bynum currently out with a sore knee, the Knicks will most likely go with the same small lineup they had on Friday. Bynum has been struggling to recover from the Orthokine treatment he received in Germany during the offseason.

Lavoy Allen got the start in place of Bynum, but it was Spencer Hawes who impressed in the 76ers first game. Hawes will likely get the start at center against the Knicks and Kwame Brown, who missed the first game with a calf injury will return to the rotation.

The 76ers aren’t the only team with question marks at center though, as the Knicks have concerns with starter Tyson Chandler and backup Marcus Camby. Chandler missed Saturday’s practice with the flu and Camby has taken almost a month to recover from his calf strain.

Amar’e Stoudemire will miss at least the next six weeks with his knee injury, so the Knicks will have to decide whether to start Carmelo Anthony at small forward or power forward position. When Anthony starts at small forward, Kurt Thomas will start at power forward.

The smaller lineup seems to be a better option though because it gives the Knicks more scoring options when Steve Novak and J.R. Smith come off of the bench.

Expect the Knicks to start Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Anthony and Chandler against the 76ers. They’ll matchup against Jrue Holiday, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Hawes.

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