Will Joel Embiid Play Tonight? New York Knicks vs Philadelphia 76ers: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 03/16/2021, 4:31 PM EDT
Feb 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after a score against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks’ inconsistent form continued as they suffered from yet another defeat from the Brooklyn Nets. They have a .500 of 20 wins and 20 losses and are currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

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The 76ers meanwhile continued their splendid run of form as they won their fifth game in a row with a win against the Spurs. They now have a record of 27 wins and 12 losses and are currently the top seed in East.

The Knicks face off against the 76ers tonight at 7:00 PM EST. Take a look at the probable lineups and the injury list of both the teams.

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New York Knicks injury updates and lineup prediction

The New York Knicks suffered their third loss in last five games as they were defeated by hometown rivals Brooklyn Nets, 117-112. With the resurgence of teams like the Heat and the Celtics, the Knicks have slipped to the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

Feb 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks speaks with Julius Randle #30 during the game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February 07, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks have some major injury concerns against the 76ers. Center Mitchell Robinson is out with a hand injury, key guards Elfrid Payton and Derrick Rose are sidelined due to medical protocols and hamstring injury respectively, while shooter Austin Rivers is out due to personal reasons.

The short-handed Knicks face off against a 76ers side without Joel Embiid. They will hope that they pull off an upset victory against a top team in the East.

Probable Lineup

RJ Barrett (G)

Immanuel Quickley (G)

Julius Randle (F)

Reggie Bullock (F)

Nerlens Noel (C)

Philadelphia 76ers injury updates and lineup prediction

Despite missing their superstar Joel Embiid, the 76ers had a comfortable victory against the San Antonio Spurs as they beat them 134-99.

Their guards Danny Green and Seth Curry pulled had an exceptional night against the Spurs and forward Tobias Harris also had a decent outing scoring 23 points.

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) celebrates with guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) after scoring the game winning basket during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The 76ers will be missing a key player against the Knicks. Center Joel Embiid is out with a left knee bone bruise. Apart from Embiid, the 76ers have a healthy roster.

The 76ers face a short handed Knicks side. Given the form their starting lineup is in right now, they will hope that they can defeat the Knicks.

Probable Lineup

Ben Simmons (G)

Seth Curry (G)

Tobias Harris (F)

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Danny Green (F)

Tony Bradley (C)

Predictions

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The 76ers might be missing a key player in Embiid, but given the form their rest of the players have been in, the 76ers are surely the favorites against the Knicks who are short-handed right now.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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