NBA Playoffs 2024 Game 1 New York Knicks v Philadelphia 76ers: Preview, predictions, TV and injury report

Saturday, 20 April 2024 at 17:04
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Tonight marks the official start of the NBA Playoffs 2024, where Denver Nuggets will defend the title won in 2023. New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers will start their playoffs today, with the home court factor in favor of the Big Apple. Joel Embiid, Jalen Brunson, Tyrese Maxey and OG Anunoby will be the main stars of the game and the series.
The Sixers will serve as visitors after the Doc Rivers-led team won its corresponding game in the play-in. The Pennsylvania franchise has not lost since Embiid's return from injury, and will look to take home-court advantage from the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
New York, meanwhile, is in a very advantageous position to reach the Conference semifinals. The team led by Tom Thibodeau, although without Julius Randle, finished 2nd in the regular season with great sensations. It is time to prove it on the most difficult stage in the world.
Expert predictions (Possible starting fives and result).
The main predictions for Game 1 between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers place the Big Apple Knicks as favorites to win. However, the Sixers are on a great winning streak since the return of Joel Embiid. It will be a very tough game to be played at the always raucous Madison Square Garden.
In addition, the potential starting fives will be as follows:
  • Knicks: Jalen Brunson, Donte Divincenzo, Josh Hart, OG Anunoby, Isaiah Hartenstein.
  • Sixers: Kyle Lowry, Tyrese Maxey, Kelly Oubre Jr., Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid.
Schedule and TV.
The game will be played at 6:00 PM ET, and can be followed on ESPN.
Injury report.
  • Knicks: Julius Randle (shoulder), out for the season.
  • Sixers: Robert Covington (knee) and De'Anthony Melton (back), ruled out.