Knicks vs 76ers Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines 2/22

Moneyline: NY Knicks -105, Philadelphia Sixers -115
Spread: Knicks +1.5 (-115), Sixers -1.5 (-105)
Total: Over/Under 226.5 points

One of the Knicks’ two All-Stars is expected back on Thursday, but the other remains lame (as in injured).

Julius Randle is not expected to play when the Knickerbockers travel to Philadelphia to open the post-All-Star portion of their 2023-24 schedule, but Jalen Brunson will be back after repping New York in Indianapolis at Sunday’s All-Star Game, and he should have three other injured teammates back in action. Bojan Bogdanovic (calf), Isaiah Hartenstein (Achilles) and Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) should all play Thursday night.

The Knicks will continue waiting on Randle (shoulder), OG Anunoby (elbow) and Mitchell Robinson (ankle), and they might not have their starting frontcourt back until April.

Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (knee) also is expected to be out at least five more weeks, so this is not the same Knicks-Sixers matchup we might see in the postseason. The Sixers have nosedived into fifth place in the East, but they are only a half-game behind the Knicks. Philadelphia is incorporating trade-deadline acquisition Kelly Oubre Jr. into a small starting lineup that has been without Tobias Harris (hip) for 10 days, although Harris practiced Wednesday and should be good to go.

For now, this is looking like a playoff preview of sorts, as New York is 1½ games behind Milwaukee and Philly is 1½ games ahead of Indiana in the East. Of course, with one-third of the season remaining, lots could change.

However, if these teams end up remaining in fourth and fifth place, or vice versa, let’s just say that the trains running between Penn Station in Manhattan and 30th Street Station in Philly will be good places to find Knicks and Sixers fans in mid-April.

Amazingly, these teams have not met in the playoffs since 1989, when Rick Pitino was coaching the Knicks and Charles Barkley was in only his fourth season. The Olympic Dream Team idea had not even been invented back then, and anyone with a vivid memory of that series is now in their 40s, 50s, 60s, or older.

So, it will be dinosaur night at your local pub if you are anywhere in New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia, and a cautionary note: Those old folks are very offensive in this day and age, so come prepared to be hit with some humor that reeks of Ronald Reagan nostalgia.

But also remember: Those old folks are the ones who hold season tickets, and if you get on their good side and/or make the right side bet, it could be you in the stands at Madison Square Garden or Wells Fargo Arena if these teams meet in the playoffs. For now, the only thing we know for sure is that Philadelphia will play at the Garden on March 10 and March 12, with Barkley chiming in from his studio chair in Atlanta for the latter game.

Once again, our aim here is to build the best same-game parlay that has a chance of hitting. This one is tricky because three of the Knicks will be shaking off the rust, but these guys have been playing ball at a high level since grade school, and bouncing back from injuries is something that athletes do.

Philly is favored by 1½ points. So let’s have at it …

Best NBA Same-Game Parlay Picks Today for Knicks vs. Sixers: 4-Leg Parlay Picks (+12000)

Tobias Harris to double-double 

Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris is from Long Island and always gets pumped to play the Knicks -- the team he rooted for as a child. He has had four double-doubles this season and has finished one rebound shy three other times, and he will not have to bang bodies with injured Julius Randle but instead will go against Precious Achiuwa, who is productive but not the All-Star that Randle is. Harris had a double-double against Golden State in the final game of January and has averaged 18 points and 6.2 rebounds in February. With Embiid out, he is the Sixers’ best big man along the front line.

Leg-1 Pick: Tobias Harris to have a double-double (+450)

Isaiah Hartenstein 2+ steals

Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein shot 8-for-9 and had two steals and two blocks the last time these teams met back on Jan. 5, when Embiid was still playing. The Knicks went into Philly that day and won by 36 -- dropping 75 first-half points on the Sixers, Ask any rabid Knicks fans when they first realized this team was special, and they will point to that game five days after New Year’s Eve. Hartenstein is going up against backup Paul Reed and is twice the player that Reed is, so he should be able to hit this number without much trouble, as he has very active hands and accumulates steals and blocks as well as any center in the league. He might end up starting over Mitchell Robinson in the postseason if he continues his strong play.

Leg-2 Pick: Isaiah Hartenstein to have at least two steals (+180)

Tyrese Maxey 8+ assists 

Tyrese Maxey, Philly’s first-time All-Star and the leader in the race for Most Improved Player, has had at least eight assists 16 times this season and will see his playing time in the 42-minute range as long as this game is not a blowout like the last one. Rest assured that Jalen Brunson, who played college ball in Philly, and Maxey got to know each other a little better last weekend when both were All-Stars in Indianapolis, and that usually translates into an amped-up level of effort when players meet so soon after the league’s showcase event. Maxey is quicker than Brunson, but Brunson is more fiery. Both should be at their best Thursday night.

Leg-3 Pick: Tyrese Maxey to have at least eight assists (+160)

Josh Hart 2+ 3-pointers 

Well, we know he will get these 3-point shots up, but will Josh Hart make them? We are betting that the week off did Hart well and the Knicks’ Swiss Army knife will come off the bench and play very well in the same city where he attended Villanova (the Knicks have three ex-Wildcats). Hart has made three 3-pointers twice this month and made two once. He was 0-for-4 in the Knicks’ final game, a loss at Orlando on a warm evening that put too many of New York’s players in vacation mode one night too early.

Leg-4 Pick: Josh Hart over 1½ made 3-pointers (+210)

Put those four picks together, and you get a four-leg same-game parlay with odds of +9000. That means a $10 wager would return $910, which will more than pay for tickets for two, train tickets, and cheesesteaks for anyone traveling from New York to Philly, and one game ticket, a train ticket and an array of street meats outside Penn Station for anyone coming up from Philly on the train next month when the Sixers are in Manhattan for three straight days. Good luck!

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