Knicks vs. 76ers Game 4 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 27, 2024

NBA: Playoffs-New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers

A series that’s had no shortage of twists and turns will explode once again when the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers battle in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon.

New York
April 28, 2024, 1:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Pointspread +5.5 -115
Moneyline +170
Over / Under o +209.5
Pointspread -5.5 -105
Moneyline -210
Over / Under u +209.5

Game 3 on Thursday night between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers was more akin to warfare then basketball, even by playoff standards. Replace the hardwood floor with ice and give the players Rangers and Flyers sweaters and it would have made no difference. Amid all the tension and outbursts, Joel Embiid, partial facial paralysis and all, hit for 50 points to help his Sixers win 125-114 to make it a 2-1 series for the Knicks.

With all that said, the NBA Playoff odds predict that the 76ers will defend home court yet again and tie the series. They’re -4.5 favourites for Game 4.

Knicks vs. 76ers NBA Playoff Odds

This series has make for some rather entertaining television, hasn’t it? Flagrant fouls, technical fouls, players pulling each other’s legs, etc. This is some “grab your popcorn” drama.

Right now the Knicks are still favoured to win the series, with New York priced at -238, a sizeable advantage given how close one of their two wins was. The 76ers are a +190. The exact series outcome with the best odds is a seven-game New York victory (+260), followed by New York in five (+309). The best Philly outcome is them winning four straight to take the series in six (+425). A seven-game series win for the Sixers is +475.

Ironically, and we don’t mean this as a joke, one of the reasons Philadelphia’s odds aren’t better than that is that even though Embiid is not listed as injured, he seems to be fighting off just about everything a player can. The man has Bell’s palsy.

As for the Knicks, Mitchell Robinson, frequently involved in the heated action on Thursday, is listed as day-to-day (ankle).

New York Knicks

The fact of the matter is that the Knicks are still up 2-1 in the series, and ultimately have home court advantage should that come into play with a Game 7. The key for them is how to steal a game in Philly so that this war of attrition doesn’t last any longer than it must.

The one constant for them through three games has been Josh Hart. Often considered a role player, he has exploded in these playoffs. He was good for 20 points in Game 3 off 8-for-16 shooting, including 4-for-8 from beyond the perimeter. Not many would have guessed he’d be as crucial to the Knicks’ success as he might truly be. Jalen Brunson wasn’t quiet per se. He finished with a terrific 39 points. The problem is he didn’t score 50 and fate isn’t against him like it apparently is against Embiid. A knock against Brunson is that he may be taking too many shots (27 in Game 3). They have capable shooters like Donte DiVincenzo and Bojan Bogdanovic too, but they didn’t fire as often as they could have.

Philadelphia 76ers

It’s easy to say that the 76ers will go as far as Joel Embiid can carry them, but Game 3 took that notion to ludicrous new heights.

It’s incredible to watch and reminds fans how special of a player he is. The killer question is: is this sustainable? Tyrese Maxey is a great talent, and he had a good Game 3 with 25 points, but there will have to be at least one game, preferably two, when Maxey takes over. Assuming Philly makes it out of the first round, that will have to repeated. Tobias Harris has been virtually invisible through three games (8.3 points) and Kelly Oubre Jr.’s numbers have gone down as well compared to the regular season (15.4 per game to 9.7). This can’t just be the Joel Embiid Show.

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