Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Prediction 5/8/2024

The Indiana Pacers (47-35) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (50-32) on Wednesday, May 8th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on TNT. The Knicks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pacers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pacers. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.

Pacers vs Knicks

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The Knicks picked up a 121-117 win over the Pacers in the most recent game of this series. Heading into the game, New York was favored by six points and failed to cover the spread, but they did pick up the win. The over/under line for the game was 217.5 points, and the teams combined to score 238 points.

Indiana had a one-point lead after the first quarter and then outscored the Knicks by nine in the 2nd quarter. New York bounced back in the 3rd quarter with a 33-32 advantage and then won the 4th quarter 39-30. Jalen Brunson led all scorers with 43 points and also had six assists and six rebounds. Donte DiVincenzo hit five threes and finished with 25 points. Myles Turner had 23 points to lead the Pacers.

Pacers Offense Breakdown

Indiana heads into the game as the NBA’s top-scoring team, at 123.3 points per game. They have been even better on the road, averaging 119.8 points per contest. The Pacers are also the top team in field goal percentage, hitting 50% of their shots this season.

Myles Turner has been playing well for the Pacers of late, averaging 19.8 points per game in his last five games. In these games, he hit 2.8 threes per game on a shooting percentage of 43.8%. Over his last five games, Pascal Siakam has hit 34.6% of his threes and 47.3% of his shots overall, averaging 16 points per game.

Knicks Offense Breakdown

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Overall, the Knicks are 19th in scoring this season, at 112.8 points per game. Their home scoring average is 111.1 points per contest, which is 24th in the league. New York is 21st in field goal percentage, at 46%. Despite being 30th in pace, the Knicks are 11th in three-pointers made per game, at 13.2.

Jalen Brunson has averaged 42 points per game over his last five games on 50% shooting. He also averaged 9.4 assists in those games. OG Anunoby and Josh Hart are averaging 16.4 points in their last five games, with Hart also averaging 11.8 rebounds.

Pacers Team Defense

So far this season, the Pacers are giving up 119.6 points per game, which is 27th in the NBA. On the road, Indiana is allowing 121.0 points per game, which is also 27th in the league. Over their last five games, the Pacers’ defense has been better, giving up 113 points per contest, which is 18th in the NBA during that span.

Indiana has done a great job of defending the three-point line this season, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.5% from beyond the arc, which is the best mark in the league. Overall, the Pacers’ defense is 28th in field goal percentage allowed at 49.6%.

One area where Indiana has struggled defensively is at the free-throw line, as they are giving up 25.7 made free throws per game, which is 30th in the NBA. In terms of blocks, the Pacers are 8th in the league at 5.9 per contest.

Knicks Team Defense

When it comes to defense, the Knicks have been one of the best units in the NBA this season. They are currently ranked 5th in the league, giving up just 108.3 points per game. At home, they have been even better, ranking 3rd in the league at 105.6 points per game.

One of the reasons the Knicks have been so good on the defensive end is their ability to limit three-point shooting. On the season, they are 11th in three-point shooting percentage allowed at 36.3%. In terms of made threes allowed per game, they are also 11th at 12.6 made threes per game.

Over their last five games, the Knicks have been a bit worse on defense, ranking 16th in points allowed at 112.2 points per game. During that stretch, opponents have shot 39% from three-point range, which is 26th in the league.

Key Players For The Pacers And Knicks

In today’s game, we anticipate Pascal Siakam leading the scoring for the Pacers, contributing 21 points while shooting 8/15 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 21.7 points per game, along with 7.1 rebounds.

As for New York, Jalen Brunson is projected to be the primary scorer for the Knicks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 30, and adding 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47.9% and is averaging 28.7 points per contest.

Pacers vs Knicks Trends

  • In their last ten games away from home, the Pacers have a straight up record of 3-7 while going 4-6 vs. the spread. The team averaged 117 points per game in this stretch.
  • In their last three home games, New York has averaged 109 points per game while allowing 110. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
  • Spanning across their last three games as the betting underdog, the Pacers have gone 2-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-2.
  • Against the spread, the Knicks have put together 0-3 in their last three games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 2-1 straight up.

Pacers vs Knicks Prediction

Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +4.5, the Pacers is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 222.5, and our model projects the Pacers and Knicks to reach a combined total of 224 points. Our bet is on taking the over.

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