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

The Sixers and Knicks stank the court up on Sunday night when they combined for one of the lowest-scoring games of the modern age.

Forty-eight hours later and rightly chastened by howls of criticism, can the same two teams do any better when they take to the floor again at Madison Square Garden? 

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

NY Knicks -6

Fans of '90s-style NBA had a field day on Sunday night when the Knicks and Sixers let defense do the talking at the Garden.

Earlier in the year, New York had enjoyed two trips to Wells Fargo, winning by 36 and 14 points, respectively.

Fast forward to the weekend and Philly got their revenge but in a game that will go down as one of the drabbest for years. The Joel Embiid-less Sixers got up 79-73, the first NBA game since 2016 in which both teams failed to score 80 points.

It was a horror show of turnovers, poor shooting and teak-tough defense, a real throwback - not that Philadelphia will care. They were 2-5 heading to the Big Apple and the win did enough to keep them in the top six in the Eastern Conference, improving their record to 36-28.

That leaves them two places and one game behind the Knicks (37-27) to illustrate what a big deal the fourth and final fixture between these old rivals has become with the regular season reaching its business end.

The Sixers go into the game still missing Embiid, Robert Covington and De'Anthony Melton, though, Tyrese Maxey has been cleared of the league's concussion protocol. Maxey would prove an instant boost for the visitors. He is averaging 26 points and they have gone 1-3 without him.

Julius Randle (shoulder), Mitchell Robinson (ankle) and OG Anunoby (elbow) are missing for New York, with Jalen Brunson getting healthier and presumably sharper on his third game back after a knee issue.

If the game opens up - and the general consensus is that it will - then take New York to avenge Sunday's loss and cover the spread, just as they did in the first two meetings in the series.

Over 208.5

There is just no way that is happening again. Everyone who was involved on Sunday, a night when both teams shot less than 40% from the floor, agrees that was a one-off.

And there is no doubt that a returning Maxey and an improving Brunson add weight to the idea that the points will go over 208.5, just two days after between them they could muster no more than 152. The Sixers might be careful with Maxey but just having him on the floor will boost their output.

In two earlier matchups against the Knicks this season, Maxey combined for 62 points, while shooting 45.5%.

The Knicks are averaging 112.4 points per game, the 76ers 115.9, so the weekend's snooze-fest will be seen as such in the fullness of time.

Jalen Brunson Under 27.5 points

The Knicks are relieved and better for having Brunson back in their starting five but he struggled last time out, shooting 6-of-22 and managing 19 points in the loss to the Sixers.

The knee injury has clearly set him back and he will get better but he'll have to be nursed back carefully and there should be no guarantee he can hit 28 points tonight.

Since the All-Star Break, he's been shooting 41%, 7% down from pre-break, and averaging 23.1 points.

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks Odds

NY Knicks

-240 ML

PHI 76ers

+195 ML

Spread

NYK -6.0

Total Points

O/U 208.5

Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks player props

Player Points

Mohamed Bamba

O/U 4.5

Tobias Harris

O/U 16.5

Kyle Lowry

O/U 7.5

Tyrese Maxey

O/U 25.5

Kelly Oubre Jr

O/U 15.5

Jalen Brunson

O/U 27.5

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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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