2024 NBA playoff picks, Game 2 best bets by proven model

The Philadelphia 76ers will look to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-1 when they meet the New York Knicks in Game 2 on Monday. The Knicks grabbed a 111-104 win in the 2024 NBA playoff series opener on Saturday. The seventh-seeded 76ers (47-35) had a nine-game winning streak stopped in Game 1. The second-seeded Knicks (50-32), who earned their highest seed since being the second seed in 2012-13, have won six in a row and seven of eight. Joel Embiid (knee) and Tyrese Maxey (illness) are listed as questionable for Philadelphia.

The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Philadelphia averaged 114.6 points per game during the regular season, while New York averaged 112.8. The Knicks are 5.5-point favorites in the latest 76ers vs. Knicks odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 204.5. Before making any Knicks vs. 76ers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer simulation model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters the second round of the 2024 NBA playoffs on a sizzling 90-58 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $2,800. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Sixers vs. Knicks and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Knicks vs. Sixers:

76ers vs. Knicks spread: New York -5.5
76ers vs. Knicks over/under: 204.5 points
76ers vs. Knicks money line: New York -184, Philadelphia +166
NYK: The Knicks are 45-37-1 against the spread this season.
PHI: The 76ers are 48-36 against the spread this season.
76ers vs. Knicks picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Knicks can cover
Point guard Miles McBride is coming off a 21-point, four-assist and three-rebound effort in the Game 1 victory. That is 13 points more than his regular-season average. He has played well of late, and over his past nine games, is averaging 11.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.6 minutes. He scored 24 points in a 109-99 loss at Miami on April 2, and has reached double-digit scoring in 10 of his last 15 games.

Small forward OG Anunoby has given the Knicks a boost since being acquired from Toronto before the trade deadline. In 23 games with New York, all starts, he is averaging 14.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 rebounds in 34.9 minutes. He scored 11 points and grabbed four boards in Game 1. In four regular-season games against Philadelphia, Anunoby averaged 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33.5 minutes. See which team to pick here.

Why the 76ers can cover
Maxey (questionable) poured in 33 points, dished out four assists, blocked two shots and grabbed two rebounds in Game 1. Maxey has found his range of late, and has scored 26 or more points in each of the past four games, including a 52-point effort in a 133-126 double-overtime win at San Antonio on April 7. In three games against the Knicks this year, he averaged 26.3 points, six assists and four rebounds. He is also connecting on 44.8% of his field goals and 90.5% of his foul shots against New York in 2023-24.

Embiid (questionable), who has battled injuries all season, scored 29 points, grabbed eight boards and had six assists and two steals in Game 1. He finished the regular season with three consecutive double-doubles, including a 37-point and 11 rebound effort in a 120-102 win over Detroit. During the regular season, he faced the Knicks once and poured in 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. In 39 regular-season games, the eighth-year veteran averaged 34.7 points, 11 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals. See which team to pick here.

How to make 76ers vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 214 points. The model also says one side hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins 76ers vs. Knicks, and which side hits in well over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Knicks vs. 76ers spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has returned more than $2,800 on its NBA picks this season, and find out.

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