Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks - 4/12/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (32-49) at Indiana Pacers (43-37)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers play host to the New York Knicks tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Knicks have lost nine of their last 13 games but they'll be looking to cap off their season with a win after losing to the Raptors by 93-89 on Saturday. Carmelo Anthony led the team with 21 points but played just 25 minutes as the Knicks were looking to give their younger players like Jerami Grant and Langston Galloway some extra playing time to finish the season which spoiled what could have been a good win as the Knicks battled hard to keep pace with the Raptors from start to finish. Grant did finish the game with 19 points while Galloway chipped in with seven points and four assists off the bench. With the loss, New York is now only 32-49 on the season.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers have won four of their last five games and will be full of confidence following Sunday's 129-105 blowout win over the Nets. Myles Turner led the scoring with 28 points in just 26 minutes off the bench, George Hill added 18 points while Ian Mahinmi had 16 points as the Pacers burst out of the gates to lead by 39-19 after the first quarter, putting the game completely out of reach before halftime. With the dominant win, Indiana improves to 43-37 on the season which is good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.
In ATS trends, the Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games, while the Pacers are 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a win and 0-7 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Knicks are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings in Indiana and the home team is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Pacers have been in fine form lately and should be more than good enough to beat the Knicks who will continue to give their more inexperienced players some extra playing time. Further to that, the Pacers need to keep winning to avoid dropping to eighth place in the East, so it's an easy decision for me.