New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers
The red hot New York Knicks host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are -4.5 point favorites over the Pacers with an over/under point total set at 192.
Head to head, the Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in New York while the underdog is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings. The Knicks are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 44-21 ATS in their last 65 home games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Pacers on the other hand are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
There’s no hotter team than the New York Knicks at the moment. Despite injuries to virtually their entire front court, the Knicks have won 14 of their last 15 games and as a result can clinch the second seed in the East with a win over the Indiana Pacers today. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith have been the catalysts for New York’s surge, which saw them win 13 straight games as the pair had combined to average 57.2 points over the last 15 games.
Unlike New York, the Pacers haven’t been playing their best basketball lately, losers of three of their last four. It’s been a strange turnaround for an Indiana team they just recently returned from a four-game Western road trip which saw them sweep all four games against the likes of Houston, Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers. Yet, the Pacers have looked like a completely different team this past week and a bit, getting blown out by Oklahoma City and Washington, while needing a 35-10 final quarter to get over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.
There’s no doubting the Knicks are the hotter team in this one, but I don’t think that’s enough to take them here for a couple of reasons. For one, the Pacers have won three of the last four meetings, granted they were all at home, and let’s not forget that New York is missing their entire front court. Now that hasn’t mattered in previous games, but Indiana has plenty of size down low, which could pose a problem. If New York is hitting from downtown then this one could get ugly, but I see Indiana showing up for this one, just like they did on their recent road trip.
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