76ers vs. Knicks Game 2 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Apr 22, 2024

The New York Knicks can hold serve Monday night when the host the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of their first-round series.

Philadelphia
47-35
AT
April 22, 2024, 7:30 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
New York
50-32
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Moneyline +155
Over / Under o +205.5
Pointspread -4.5 -110
Moneyline -190
Over / Under u +205.5

New York came out on top in a thrilling Game 1 that went back-and-forth to the very end. Both the reason why Philadelphia is the seven seed this season but also why they have a legitimate chance in this series is Joel Embiid. But it’s clear the reigning MVP is battling through his surgically repaired knee injury that kept him out for months this season and plummeted the 76ers record. Embiid had that highlight of the night in Game 1 with a self alley-oop dunk, but then exited briefly because of the pain in his knee. The Knicks meanwhile never ran out gas and outscored Philly 32-22 in the 111-104 Game 1 win.

Game 2 at Madison Square Garden goes at 7:30 p.m. EDT with the Knicks -5.5 on the point spread and the total at 209.5 on the NBA odds. New York is currently -275 to win the series.

76ers vs. Knicks Game 2 Betting Odds

The over has now hitting in six straight Knicks games and five of the 76ers’ last six. Philly’s recent struggles against New York continued too as the 76ers are now both 1-4 outright and ATS in their last five meetings with the Knicks. Philadelphia failed to cover the points in Game 1 which was the first time in they’re last six road games they did not cover.

Both clubs shot the three ball extremely well in Game 1 which led to the game finishing over the total. Despite Embiid playing for the 76ers, New York outrebounded Philadelphia 55-33 and ultimately used their edge in both rebounding and three-point shooting to prevail in Game 1. The Knicks finished fifth in the NBA this season with 45.2 rebounds per game; Mitchell Robinson, Isaiah Hartenstein, and Josh Hart all averaged over eight rebounds a game.

Philadelphia 76ers

How much longer Joel Embiid can go on is how much longer this 76ers team can potentially survive. The star centre is clearly playing hurt after coming back at the start of April from his knee surgery and Embiid currently has a questionable status for Game 2. If Embiid can’t go, the 76ers chances at winning severely drop as seen during the second half of the regular season.

All-star point guard Tyrese Maxey pulled his weight in the Game 1 loss, scoring a team-high 33 points albeit on 26 field goal attempts. Veteran guard Kyle Lowry dropped 18 in the loss and was four of seven from three. Philadelphia showed they can go shot for shot with the Knicks, but the real question is whether this team (with Embiid) can slow down the Knicks offence. And so far that answer is no.

New York Knicks

Jalen Brunson’s had to take charge of the Knicks offence this season but that wasn’t the case in Game 1 as the Knicks delivered a well-rounded attack. New York had eight players take the court in the series-opening win and the three bench players contributed 42 points including eight made three-pointers. 23-year-old Miles McBride was the unsung hero for New York as he dropped 21 points while going five for seven from deep. Mitchell Robinson came a basket shy of a double-double off the bench, recording eight points and 12 rebounds in the win.

Brunson still had a team-high 22 points but that was still way below his season average — and the likes of McBride and Josh Hart stepped up with some late clutch threes on a night where Brunson shot just eight for 26 from the field. When the Knicks have scoring depth, they can roll with anyone.

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