Knicks vs 76ers Game 3 Picks, Odds | NBA Playoffs Prediction

The 2024 NBA Playoffs continue with a solid 3-game slate this Thursday -- and the second matchup of the evening we'll preview is Knicks vs. 76ers Game 3, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

The Knicks are 4.5-point road underdogs on the spread in Thursday's contest, while the total is set at over/under 202.5 total points at DraftKings.

Here's everything you need to know about Knicks vs. 76ers Game 3 -- the latest betting odds, as well as our expert picks and prediction for the NBA Playoffs on Thursday, April 25

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Knicks vs 76ers Picks & Prediction

Well, third time’s a charm. Right?

After a pair of heartbreaking losses in the first two matchups of this series in the Big Apple, the Sixers return to the Wells Fargo Center for Game 3 on Thursday night – and despite trailing New York by two games in the series, Philadelphia is tagged as a relatively steep 4.5-point favorite in Thursday’s contest as the pendulum swings all the way back from the Knicks being favored by 4.5 points or more in Games 1 and 2.

This spread for Game 3 may even seem a little bit too steep given the lingering health issues that continue to hamper Joel Embiid, plus the overall result of the first two matchups of this series at MSG. But for a variety of reasons, I believe the Sixers are destined to bounce back in a big way on Thursday night, and while I’m not so confident in their ability to come all the way back and win the series, we are due for an outpouring of Philly’s pent up emotions, which likely plays out either one of two ways – 1.) Sixers win Game 3 in commanding fashion or 2.) Sixers unravel entirely and they lose the series in four games.

Personally, I side with the first of the two options. These two squads appear to be pretty evenly matched. But in my opinion, the Sixers were the slightly better team in the first two games of this series – but unfortunately, they came up a little bit short in both contests due to a huge surge from the Knicks supporting cast in Game 1, and then some truly awful officiating late in Game 2.

In Game 1, Deuce McBride knocked down 5-of-7 three-point attempts and scored 21 points, which was a huge uptick in production for a guy that averages 8.3 points on less than 20 minutes per game on the season. And then in the fourth quarter, McBride cooled off, but Josh Hart managed to step up and seal the deal by scoring 13 points and making 3-of-4 three-point attempts in the final stanza. Which again, isn’t something we should come to expect from a guy that made 1.0 three-pointer per game at a 31% clip during the regular season.

And then in Game 2, it looked like Philly had the win in the bag as the Sixers extended their lead to four points with what appeared to be a dagger from Tyrese Maxey with 1:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, as they managed to stop New York at the other end, followed by Kyle Lowry earning a trip to the free throw line with 47 seconds left on the clock.

However, all hell broke loose after that…

Lowry split the free throws to cut the lead to five. Jalen Brunson brings the ball up the court for the Knicks, and after missing all five of his 3-point attempts prior to then, he hits the front iron yet again on his sixth attempt of the evening, but with a little bit of help from the basketball gods, the ball pops up in the air and falls through to cut the lead to two with 27 seconds left.

Then, just as if the first sequence wasn’t lucky enough for the Knicks, Lowry inbounds the ball to Maxey after the made shot, and Maxey is fouled TWICE on the play (according to NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report). Sixers head coach Nick Nurse also attempted to call a timeout at two different points during the final sequence. No foul was called and no timeout was granted though. So the Knicks got the ball back and Donte DiVencenzo knocked down a clutch 3-point attempt to put New York back on top and ultimately win the game.

The Sixers rank 4th in the league in free throw attempts per game and the Knicks rank 16th, which is no fluke given Embiid’s prowess at getting to the line, as opposed to the guards and wings carrying most of the scoring load for New York. But every time the Sixers tried to extend their lead at MSG, the Knicks were bailed out by ticky tack fouls that were not being called both ways, highlighted by NYK shooting 20 free throws in the first half compared to just 10 for the Sixers. In Game 2, the Knicks had the free throw advantage yet again (23-22), giving them two straight outlier results in their favor – and two that weren’t actually warranted either when you watch back the tape.

I’m not crazy… I don’t believe the NBA has a fixed agenda, and I don’t believe John Goble’s crew had some sort of ulterior motive in Game 2 either. However, I do believe the psychological impact of the hometown crowd is much greater than we could ever imagine – and the effects become amplified for both players and referees alike in the playoffs (especially at MSG).

You know how it goes in the playoffs. At home, role players tend to step up and provide their team with an additional boost as they feed off the frantic energy. The hometown crowd shouts and boos at every foul call in favor of the opposing team regardless of whether or not the call was accurate -- which is why we call it homecourt advantage, and it is a real thing.

New York had homecourt in Games 1 and 2, but now the script is flipped and Philadelphia has it in Games 3 and 4. Quite frankly, the Sixers almost (and should’ve) won without homecourt in the first two matchups. So I think we’ll see them bounce back with relative ease in Game 3, provided some of the hometown factors swing toward their direction.

Pick: 76ers -4.5 (-110)

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Knicks vs 76ers Game Time & TV Channel

Date: Thursday, April 25
Matchup: Atlantic
Venue: Wells Fargo Center
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Time-TV: TNT, 7:30 p.m. ET

Knicks vs 76ers Betting Stats

2) New York Knicks
(2nd Place, Atlantic)

  • Odds to Win Finals: +1600
  • Odds to Win Conference: +600
  • Odds to Win Series: -520
  • SU: 50-32
  • ATS: 44-37-1
  • O/U: 37-45
  • PPG: 112.8
  • OPPG: 108.2

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7) Philadelphia 76ers
(3rd Place, Atlantic)

  • Odds to Win Finals: +4500
  • Odds to Win Conference: +1900
  • Odds to Win Series: +370
  • SU: 47-35
  • ATS: 48-33-1
  • O/U: 35-47
  • PPG: 114.6
  • OPPG: 111.5

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