The 2023-24 NBA season has already been extremely exciting up to this point, and the action is only going to continue to get better as we move forward in the year. There is a big game in the Eastern Conference on Friday night as the New York Knicks visit the Philadelphia 76ers.
New York is coming into this game with a ton of momentum as they have picked up two big wins in a row at home. The Knicks are now up to 19-15 on the season, and they are looking to make up more ground in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia continues to be one of the best teams in the league, and they are coming into this game with a record of 23-10. The Sixers also have some momentum ahead of this matchup as they have rattled off wins in three of their last four games.
The Philadelphia 76ers are coming into this game as a 6.5-point betting favorite on their home floor against the New York Knicks.
Knicks Have Some Stars
It has been some time since the New York Knicks were full of superstars, but that is definitely the case at this point of the season. New York now has the potential to score inside or outside, and it’s allowed them to score over 115 points per game.
Jalen Brunson is leading the charge with 25.7 points and 6.4 assists per game, and he now has some running mates to help him out. Julius Randle continues to score over 24 points per game, and he has the potential to take over a game in the paint.
This Knicks team is going to have to find a way to get some stops, but the defense has slacked a bit this season. New York must guard Embiid without fouling in order to win this game.
Embiid Leading Sixers Run
The Philadelphia 76ers continue to follow the lead of their biggest star, and Joel Embiid just continues to make winning plays. Embiid is scoring 34.8 points per game this season, and he continues to score from all over the floor.
Embiid does continue to come up injured from time to time, and Tyrese Maxey is now scoring over 25 points per game. The Sixers have struggled to make shots at times this season, and the Knicks will try to keep them out of the paint.
Philadelphia has shown that they can be a great defensive team, and that is going to be a key moving forward, and in this game.
Knicks Battle, Sixers Win
The New York Knicks simply have to start proving that they can beat the best teams in the NBA if they want to be considered elite. This is going to be another big chance on Friday night, and they have the momentum to get it done.
Philadelphia is getting healthy again at the most perfect time, and that is going to be a huge key in this game against the Knicks. The Sixers just have so many weapons on offense, and at some point that is going to allow them to take control.
Take the 6.5 points and back the New York Knicks in this game, but it will be the Knicks that win this matchup.