WHY EM-BEAST’S SIXERS WILL TAKE SERIES OVER KNICKS, CUZ SAYS!

By Jimmy Traub

Legendary Philly talker Anthony Gargano (The Cuz) used to write for the New York Post.

And here’s his case for the Sixers against the Knicks in the opening round of the East playoffs against the Knicks:

The Sixers are no 7-seed.

It’s why The Post lines have the series at a pick ’em.

Poke fun at the recent playoff results here, if you will. Keeping it real, this is the seventh straight postseason spring in the post-Process, Joel Embiid era and the Sixers haven’t eclipsed the second round yet.

But this squad is different.

In its first 30 games, before Embiid went down with a knee injury shortly after he scored a Wilt the Stilt-esque 70, Philly was dominant.

Now Embiid is back and the Sixers haven’t lost.

Even after a lethargic first three quarters against the Heat in the play-in game, Embiid took over the game in the final four minutes, with two 3s, an and-1, a crucial offensive board (one of his 15 rebounds) and a pretty dime to Kelly Oubre Jr. for another and-1 and the clincher.

The Sixers, admittedly a team that would fold in tough times, gutted out a gross, typically Miami, zone-defaced game. Of course, the chicken helped. When Caleb Martin doinked two free throws, the crowd came to life with free nuggies and the Sixers went on a run behind Nic Batum’s barrage of 3s.

For once, they didn’t go chicken in the end, lost in the frowning, sagging pall of Ben Simmons or James Harden. Embiid has a young co-star in Tyrese Maxey — Happy Maxey. You don’t know him well. He’ll be the one with the perpetual smile. He can shoot it and he’s jackrabbit quick with the ball and he plays the game with joy.

There’s Oubre and Batum and Buddy Hield and tough Kyle Lowry. And Tobias Harris who doesn’t have to play the end of games. Most importantly, Nick Nurse, a true tactician, is in for Doc Rivers, whose playoff demises are Milwaukee’s problem now.

I have to say, as a former Post employee, who loves your bigness, Big Bro, especially the floor of Madison Square Garden, it’s great to have this rivalry finally take form. And, honestly, if not us, then I hope it’s you someday soon. Between the Sixers and Knicks, they have gone a combined 90 seasons without a title.

That’s far too long.

But this Amtrak Series is an easy pick. The Embeast will take over your house quicker than one of your squatters.

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