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Pacers vs Knicks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks
- Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds NY -5, IND +170 | NY -208 O/U OFF
The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-18. So far, the team has gone 25-15-1 against the spread. Indiana has posted an average scoring differential of 7.0 points per game across their currrent 2 game win streak.
Going into their last game, the Pacers were 5 point favorites to beat the Hornets. However, the 116-111 win, resulted in an ATS push for each side. Indiana went into halftime with a narrow 2 point lead before being able to slightly add to that margin by the games end. In the win, Myles Turner led the team in scoring with 29 points on a field goal percentage of 62.5%.
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 22-19, while going 21-19-1 vs the spread. Looking back on Knicks’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 2-1 while averaging 112 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 1-2.
In their previous game, the Knicks were favored to win vs the Bucks. However, their 111-107 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. New York let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Jalen Brunson led the team in scoring with 44 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Pacers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Knicks, averaging 102.75 points per game. Like the Pacers, the Knicks scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 99.0 points per game vs Indiana. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Pacers and Knicks have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just 2 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for New York. Over the course of these games, they averaged 204 points per game, leading a 1-4 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Indiana offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 10th ranked offense at 115.6 points per game. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.4 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 18.8 made free-throws per game.
Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Pacers offense has primarily worked through Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 39 games, Haliburton is 53rd in the NBA at 20.3 points per game. So far, him and Hield have accounted for 33% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 38.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Buddy Hield is grabbing 4.8 rebounds for Indiana to go along with 2.7 assists.
This season, the New York offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.0 points per game. So far, the Knicks are averaging 98.3 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. If the Knicks offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 26th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Defensively, the Knicks are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 106.6 points per contest (6th).
This season, the Knicks offense has primarily worked through Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 41 games, Randle is 22nd in the NBA at 24.4 points per game. So far, him and Brunson have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 46.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jalen Brunson is grabbing 3.5 rebounds for New York to go along with 6.5 assists.
Pacers vs Knicks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Knicks -5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF