Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks 4/30/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Philadelphia 76ers (1-3) at New York Knicks (2-2)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 at  7 p.m. EST (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: Knicks -4.5 (-105) - Over/Under (202.5)

Pick: Knicks -4.5 (-105)

This is a very pivotal game number five here on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. As the Philadelphia 76ers will hit the road to New York City to keep their playoff hopes while the New York Knicks will look to shut the door on this opening round series. Coming Into this series, many people expected to be much more competitive and despite the gap and wins and losses, all four games have been close matchups that have gone down to the wire. If a couple of plays here and there would’ve gone a different way this could easily be three to one in favor of the Philadelphia 76ers however, that has not been the case as of yet. That is something Philadelphia will look to do here, as they look to pick up victory on Tuesday and keep their season alive.

It has been a very frustrating series for the Philadelphia 76ers and they will look to mitigate that frustration by picking up a victory here on Tuesday night to keep their season alive. This is a must win game for Philadelphia if they want to fulfill their goal of advancing to the second round and they will need guys like Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey to step up in a big way throughout this one. Philadelphia finds themselves in a 3 to 1 deficit simply because they have allowed multiple games to escape them within the final couple of minutes.

 They will need to tighten up towards the end of games if they want to survive and if they had been able to do that throughout the first four games of this series, they could hold a sizable lead over New York at the moment. The Philadelphia 76ers will also need a way to shut down Jalen Brunson in this game if they want to be successful and pick up a series saving and season saving victory on Tuesday night. They allowed him to score 47 points in their game number four loss at home meanwhile Joel Embiid only put up 27 of his own and that is something that will need to improve throughout this contest as well. 

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The New York Knicks are one game away from eliminating the Philadelphia 76ers and advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. They would face off with the winner of the series between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers and the second round and they would give them a good shot of advancing to the eastern conference finals. They will look to grab a series clinching victory on Tuesday night in front of their home fans, Jalen Brunson recapture the magic from his 46 point game in their game for victory on the road in Philadelphia. 

The New York Knicks have dominated this series with their ability to take over basketball games in the final two minutes which has led to multiple victories for them against Philadelphia. That is something they will likely need to do throughout this game again as well, as all four games coming into this one have been close and competitive down to the very end. They will need to find a way to limit the impact of Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid if they want to be successful in this game as Philadelphia is gonna give it everything they got to keep their season alive. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Philadelphia is 7-17 as a road underdog 

- New York is 26-6 as a home favorite 

- New York is 30-22 after a win 

I expect another close and competitive matchup here on Tuesday night in New York City. Despite the fact that the Knicks come into this one with all the momentum, I don’t look for Philadelphia to go gently into the night and pack up for the rest of the season. As I look for the 76ers to keep this game close at Madison Square Garden but in the end, I do look for the New York Knicks and not only pick up the victory and cover the spread.

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