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Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks Prediction And Betting Odds

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Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks Game 1: BETTING TIPS, PREDICTION & BETTING ODDS

Hailed by many as the dark horse of this year’s postseason, the Philadelphia 76ers open their campaign with a road game at Madison Square Garden vs the New York Knicks. Philadelphia’s only win in 4 regular season meetings came in this building, back in early March. Saturday’s game will be a completely different beast as the stakes are a lot higher, I expect a close finish unlike the 3 Knicks victories we saw in the regular season. From Philadelphia’s perspective the most important thing is the health of Joel Embiid. He didn’t have the best of games vs Miami in the play-in game, but he was able to contribute enough to propel his team to the postseason. The Knicks are one of his favorite opponents – in the last 10 meetings he’s averaging 28.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

Ending the regular season with a win over the Chicago Bulls gave the Knicks the 2nd seed in the East for the first time in over a decade. Tom Thibodeau’s men are currently on a 5-game win streak, despite finding out Julius Randle has been ruled out for the season with his shoulder injury. Without his physicality down low it will be a challenge to slow down Embiid, expect a lot of fouls by Isaiah Hartenstein as he battles the reigning MVP down low. The Knicks will put the ball in the hands of Jalen Brunson who is having the best season of his career, he might end up getting a couple of MVP votes with his averages of 28.7 points and 6.7 assists per game. New York has gone 6-1 SU in their last 7 home games, they are also 11-2 SU in their last 13 vs Atlantic Division opponents.

New York Knicks Point Spread Prediction

Knicks -2.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Both teams are dealing with a lot on the injury front, the Knicks will really benefit from the extra days of rest they got after the season ended. They’ve owned the 76ers in head-to-head meetings and until I see a different outcome I’m going to keep backing them.

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76ers vs Knicks Game 1 Total Points Prediction: Over 207.5

Over 207.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

We are yet to see a game between these two teams this season in which both of them crack the 100 point milestone. The Knicks largely dominated 3 of the 4 meetings, winning by an average of 25.6 points per game. That’s likely not going to be the case in Game 1, a closer game and possibly overtime would benefit those backing the points here. The 76ers have been playing at a slightly faster pace lately, going over the total in 4 of their last 5 games, including Wednesday’s play-in game vs Miami. Although they are the slowest paced team in the NBA this season, the Knicks have turned it up a little towards the end of the regular season cashing on the over 5 games in a row. I don’t really see how they stop Embiid here, in fact I think it would be a wise move to speed up the pace and wear him down, considering he just came back from injury and doesn’t really have the legs under himself just yet. The over has cashed 8 times in the last 9 Knicks games vs East teams, I think the trend carries over to the postseason as well. Back the over.

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CHI

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MIA

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NOP

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ORL

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CLE

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PHX

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MIN

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PHI

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NYK

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LAL

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DEN

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