The New York Knicks (17-14) travel to face off against the Indiana Pacers (16-14) on Saturday, December 30th. This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Pacers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Knicks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bulls. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Knicks vs Pacers
The Knicks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Knicks were defeated by the Magic in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 117-108. The Knicks picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 55-44.
In their last five games, the Knicks are 2-3 and have an overall record of 17-14. Currently, they are 7th in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the Atlantic division.
New York arrives with an ATS record of 17-14 for the season up to this point. On the road, the Knicks have an ATS record of 10-9, as opposed to a 7-5 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Pacers Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Pacers took down the Bulls by a score of 120-104. Not only did the Pacers win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -1 point favorites. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 224 points ended up below the over/under line of 238.5.
So far this season, the Pacers are 16-14 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. At home, the Pacers are 8-7 compared to 8-7 on the road.
Indiana has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 16-14 against the spread. The Pacers maintain an ATS record of 8-7 on the road, while they have a 8-7 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
The Knicks come into today’s game as the 16th ranked scoring offense at 115 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.8 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 10th, with an average of 19.1 made free-throws per game.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Indiana is averaging 126.1 points per contest. This figure places them 1st in the league. When looking at the Pacers pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 102.6. Not only does the team maintain an up-tempo playing style, but they have also effectively combined it with one of the better field goal percentages in the NBA, which is 50%.
Knicks Team Defense
So far, the Knicks’ defense is ranked 12th in the league at 113.1 points per contest. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Knicks are forcing 12.4 per game, which is 7th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 29th in blocked shots at 3.4 per game.
Pacers Team Defense
Currently, the Pacers’ defense holds the 29th rank in the NBA, allowing 124.8 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Pacers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 56.0% while allowing 38.2% from downtown.
Key Players For The Knicks And Pacers
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Jalen Brunson as the primary point contributor for the Knicks, finishing with 24 points while maintaining a 9/17 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 25.8 points per game, along with 4.1 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Tyrese Haliburton as the leading scorer for the Pacers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 21 while also collecting 3 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 50.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 24.7 points per game.
Knicks vs Pacers Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Knicks have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 116 points per game in this stretch.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Pacers offense has averaged 123 points per game while allowing an average of 125. Indiana posted an overall record of 5-5 while going 5-5 ATS.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, New York has an ATS mark of 2-3 while going 2-3 straight up.
- Indiana has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 2-1 SU and 2-1 ATS in their last three games.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +4, the Knicks 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 247, and our model projects the Knicks and Pacers to reach a combined total of 231 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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