Check out our free Knicks vs Pacers pick and preview for this NBA game in Indianapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Knicks vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers
- Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
- Date: Wednesday, April 5th
- Betting Odds IND +8.5, NY -359 | IND +285 O/U 235.0
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 46-33, while going 44-34-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s 4 game win streak, they have an average scoring differential of 13.5 points per game.
The Knicks are coming off a 118-109 win over the Wizards. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 11 point favorites. New York actually trailed the Wizards by 8 before putting themselves on top with a strong 3rd quarter performance. Going into the final period, the team led by 7. In the win, Jalen Brunson led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 55.0%.
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 34-45, while going 41-36-2 vs the spread. Against the spread, Indiana has a mark of 2-0-1. Straight up, their record is 1-2 in these games.
The Pacers will be looking to bounce back from a 115-105 loss to the Cavaliers. In terms of betting, Indiana entered as 13 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Indiana went on to lose the game despite leading by 2 heading into halftime. In the loss, Bennedict Mathurin led the team in scoring with 19 points on a field goal percentage of 41.7%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Knicks picked up the win 109-106 win over the Pacers. Heading into the game, New York was the 0.5 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. So far this season, the Knicks have a record of 2-0 vs the Pacers. Last year, the Knicks saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Pacers, averaging 99.0 points per game. Like the Knicks, the Pacers scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 102.75 points per game vs New York. Through the last 5 matchups between the teams, New York has an ATS mark of 4-1. But, looking at the scoring margin in these games, an average of just 2 points per game separates the teams. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 208 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Knicks come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.6 points per game (12th). The Knicks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.5 made 3’s per game. One area that the New York offense will continue to rely on is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are the 7th ranked unit in made free-throw per game.
Against the Pacers, the Knicks will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 6th ranked unit at 106.6 points per game.
New York will be relying on Jalen Brunson to provide a strong scoring performance in today’s game against the Indiana. Julius Randle has been ruled out. So far this season, Randle has been the team’s leading scorer with an average of 25.1 points per game. Brunson is 2nd on the team with 24.0 points per game, which places him 27.0th in the NBA. In 68 games, he has hit 49.1% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 3.5 rebounds per game.
Coming into today’s action, Indiana is averaging 115.8 points per contest. This figure places them 11th in the league. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.5 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 100.5 possessions per contest.
On defense, the Pacers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 26th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Small-Forward Buddy Hield currently leads the Pacers at 16.8 points per game. For the season, he is 143rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 14.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Hield is averaging 5.0 boards and 2.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 19th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Bennedict Mathurin enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 75 games, he is averaging 16.6 and is 213rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Knicks vs Pacers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Knicks -8.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 235.0