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Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks Game 2 Prediction And Betting Odds

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Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks Game 2: BETTING TIPS, PREDICTION & BETTING ODDS

The 76ers put up a valiant effort in Game 1, but an injury to their superstar Joel Embiid cost them the series opener. Now, they find themselves in a difficult spot down 1-0 and with their best player questionable to play. Tyrese Maxey tried to pick up the slack with 33 points, but the Sixers will need way more from their others if Embiid doesn’t play here. In order to win this series now, Philadelphia has to win 4 of the next 6 games and I’m just not sure how realistic that is. In the last 5 meetings they’re just 1-4 ATS/SU vs the Knicks, we haven’t seen many teams come back from 2-0 deficits in Playoff series lately, so you could say that tonight’s game is a must win situation for Philly.

From the Knicks’ perspective things could not have gone better in Game 1. Despite a poor shooting game from Jalen Brunson they were still able to win, which is massive for a team that’s been hit by the injury bug in the last couple of months. Players like Bogdanovic, McBride and Hart all stepped up, more than making up for Brunson’s 8-for-26 performance from the field. Saturday’s win was New York’s 6th in a row overall, they’ve also now won 5 straight vs Atlantic Division opponents. They opened as 6.5 point favorites for Game 2, but that line has now gone down to 4.5 points, indicating a lot of action on the 76ers. Whether or not that is justified remains to be seen, but I am liking the Knicks chances here if Embiid isn’t able to play.

New York Knicks Point Spread Prediction

Knicks -4.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Philadelphia has just 1 win in 5 meetings this season, so I’m not really sure on what they’ll be basing their optimism here. Embiid really struggled after that injury on Saturday, he is clearly bothered and I wouldn’t be surprised if Philadelphia shut him down for the rest of the postseason. I’ll take New York once again to cover and take full control of this series.

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NBA | Fri 05/31, 12:30 AM

Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks Total Points: Over 208.5

Over 208.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

If there’s one thing we learned from the opening weekend of the NBA postseason, it’s that not a lot of points will be scored moving forward. That said, the over did cash in the series opener between the Knicks and 76ers and the projected total has stayed the same for Game 2 at 208.5 points. I’m still in favor of going with the over, primarily because there is a chance Embiid doesn’t play which would dramatically increase the pace of this game. In Game 1 the Knicks were able to put up 111 points despite getting only 22 from their leading scorer. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say there’s no chance Brunson has back-to-back poor shooting games like that. The over has now cashed in 5 straight Knicks games at Madison Square Garden and in their last 6 games overall. For Philadelphia the over has yielded profit in 7 of their last 8 vs East teams and in 5 of their last 6 overall. Let’s keep the trends going here and back the points once again.

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NBA | Fri 05/31, 12:30 AM


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