The Indiana Pacers (32-23) head to the World’s Most Famous Arena — Madison Square Garden — to play the New York Knicks (17-38) Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. We analyze the Pacers-Knicks odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.
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Pacers at Knicks: Key injuries
PG Edmond Sumner (hip) questionable
SF T.J. Warren (back) questionable
PG Elfrid Payton (ankle) questionable
SG Wayne Ellington (ankle) questionable
Pacers at Knicks: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips
Pacers 111, Knicks 96
The Knicks won at the Pacers in their last meeting, 92-85 Feb. 1 to even the season series 1-1. A couple of things happened in that game that won’t influence the outcome of this contest. First, Marcus Morris Sr. had a game-high 28 points, but he won’t be around for this one as he traded to the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the trade deadline. Second, it was Victor Oladipo’s second game back from a torn quad injury that sidelined him for roughly a year. In that game, Oladipo scored a season-low seven points on 2-of-14 shooting from the field. That New York victory snapped a seven-game losing streak to Indiana, so I expect order to be restored in this one. Look for a decisive Pacers win against a Knicks team that is just 5-15 straight-up as a home ‘dog.
However, the Pacers’ -295 offers a terrible value, so I’m going to PASS.
Line/Against the Spread (ATS)
Despite the Pacers winning seven of their last eight vs. the Knicks, they’re just 2-5 ATS in the last seven games in New York, so they can’t take the Knicks lightly. Why I like the PACERS -6.5 (-110) Friday against the Knicks is because of their above-average defense facing a bottom-3 Knicks defense. The Pacers are ranked third in defensive rating and the Knicks are ranked last. New York also scores the 28th most points per game, have a 26th ranked field-goal percentage and a 28th ranked 3-point percentage. Plus, Indiana plays well against bad teams on the road, going 9-5 ATS as an away favorite and 10-7 against below .500 teams on the road.
The Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in New York. Each team’s style sets up well for the Under to cash because they are both slow-paced teams. The Pacers rank 25th in Pace, while the Knicks are 21st. Furthermore, the O/U is 9-17-1 in Knicks’ home games. Bet UNDER 210.5 (+100).
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