3 Reasons Why The Knicks Will Beat The 76ers

Apr 14, 2024; New York, New York, USA;  New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) smiles after
Apr 14, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) smiles after / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks are coming off a dominant season in which they finished with a record of 50-32. Their recent game performance was just good enough to place them as the No. 2 seed. It is also the second time in a while that the Knicks have won 50 games — an accomplishment they haven't managed since the 2012-13 season.

All of that success won't mean anything without a strong playoff performance, however. And that starts with a first-round matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Here's why the Knicks are going to cruise past the 76ers.

1. Poised To Make A Long Playoff-Run

Surely, it feels like the Knicks are motivated to make a long playoff-run this year. After last year's fallout to the Miami Heat in the semifinals, New York is hungry to go on a much better run this year. It did help ignite a fire with the players this season. Led by veterans who remember the sting of defeat and young stars eager to prove themselves on the big stage, the Knicks are a team with a chip on their shoulder and a hunger for redemption. This motivation will undoubtedly propel them to give their all on the court, making them a formidable opponent for any team, including the 76ers.

2. Team Is Mostly Healthy Once Again

With most of the team healthy, there shouldn't be a reason why this Knicks' team cannot be the 76ers. Heading to this matchup, health is going to play a factor if New York wants to get passed Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. A healthy team not only enhances their chances of victory but also diffuses confidence and cohesion among the team members. And that is something that needs to keep an eye on as the Knicks host the first game against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

3. Excellent Coaching and Team Chemistry

Under the leadership of head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Knicks have been known for building a strong team culture based on hard work and discipline. While this has also translated into excellent chemistry on the court, with players willing to sacrifice for the success of the team.

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