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New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Game 3: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

Read the latest betting picks, predictions, odds and player props for New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Game 3 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The Knicks lead the series 2-0 following a wild Game 2 finish on Monday that saw the Sixers blow a 5-point lead in the final minute. Philly is a +375 shot to come back and win the series as of Thursday morning.

Let's get into our picks for Thursday's Game 3.

New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers betting picks and predictions

Philadelphia 76ers -4.5 (-110)

The 76ers performed well in the series opener at a raucous Madison Square Garden and may have even come away with the win if star man Joel Embiid had not suffered an injury late in the second quarter.

Embiid went down with three minutes left of the first half which led to the Knicks scoring six unanswered points before he returned at the start of the second period. 

But if Philly were not already frustrated following that narrow loss, they certainly are now. The NBA has confirmed that Tyrese Maxey was fouled twice in the build-up to Donte DiVincenzo’s go-ahead three-pointer which helped complete Knicks’ frantic game-two comeback. 

The 76ers would have tied the series if the right call had been made on the night, and they could be set to unleash their frustration on the Knicks in Pennsylvania on Thursday.

Philly ended the campaign with eight straight wins and had a 25-16 record at home in the regular season. 

With Embiid and Maxey on the court the 76ers went 30-7 in the regular season and the pair could combine for some high-octane action at the Wells Fargo Center. The duo scored a combined 69 points in game two and could lead Philadelphia to a comfortable victory to get on the board in this series. 

Embiid is shooting 40 percent from the field in this series, well below his 52 percent regular season return, but that could be about to improve. It is clear he is still returning to full fitness and with every game that goes be, he and the 76ers will improve. 

The fact Philly kept things tight at MSG without Embiid at his best is a testament to their talent and Nick Nurse’s coaching ability. It is only a matter of time before the 76ers turn this series on its head and they can get on the board with a convincing win on Thursday. 

Tyrese Maxey 30+ points (+150)

Maxey was named as the NBA’s most improved player on Tuesday, edging out Chicago Bulls guard Coby White to land the award, and it is easy to see why. His points per game went from 20.3 to 25.9, assists from 3.5 to 6.2 and he matured significantly too. 

James Harden’s exit from Philadelphia could have left a massive hole in the backcourt, but Maxey ensured it did not. He excelled in the regular season and seems to have transitioned that form into the playoffs with little issue whatsoever. 

Maxey followed up his 33-point haul in game one by scoring 35 in the second clash, never once succumbing to the cauldron-like atmosphere in MSG. For such a young player, he has no issues with pressure and he could lead his side to their first win of the playoffs on Thursday. 

The newly crowned most improved player knocked down five threes in game two while making over half of his shots and that sort of shooting should see him enjoy a big night in front of his home crowd. 

Maxey averaged 0.4 points more in home games than away in the regular season but more significant is the fact he made 39.1 percent of his threes in Philadelphia, but only 35.3% when on the road.

Buoyed by the home crowd, Maxey could enjoy a huge night on Thursday, with his points line of 27.5 likely to get blown out of the water, making the +150 available for him to make the 30 milestone a very appealing option.

Isaiah Hartenstein over 1.5 blocks (-105)

If the Knicks are to earn a win which would see them all but confirm their place in the second round, they must continue to stifle Embiid.

Limiting the Philly center to just a 40 percent field-goal percentage has been huge to their success, and Isaiah Hartenstein will have to keep up his good work to maintain that sort of figure. 

Hartenstein has been solid for the Knicks all season, but he has really taken a step up in the playoffs. He averaged 1.1 blocks per game in the regular season but his two postseason clashes with Philly have yielded two and three blocks respectively. 

Mitchell Robinson was used for long periods by Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau in game one but Hartenstein was the go-to center for the second match at MSG, and the same tactics could be employed in Philly. 

Embiid will try and dominate the paint and will attempt plenty of lay-ups and dunks as a result as the hosts look to rack up a convincing victory.

With so much paint action expected, backing Hartenstein to continue his run of making at least two blocks per game could prove a profitable play.

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New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers odds

NY Knicks 

+165 ML

PHI 76ers

-200 ML

Spread

76ers -4.5 

Total Points

O/U 202.5

New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers player props

Player Points

Joel Embiid

O/U 31.5

Jalen Brunson

O/U 28.5

Tyrese Maxey

O/U 27.5

Donte DiVincenzo 

O/U 15.5

Josh Hart

O/U 13.5

Tobias Harris

O/U 12.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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