Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks - 1/16/14
New York Knicks (15-23) at Indiana Pacers (30-7)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 184.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers look to build on their dominant home record when they welcome the New York Knicks to town tonight.
The Pacers will be looking for a third straight dominant win after destroying the Wizards by 93-66 on Friday, followed by the Kings by 116-92 on Tuesday behind 31 points from Paul George who rebounded from a terrible eight-point outing against the Wizards. David West added 16 points and Lance Stephenson had 13 as the Pacers improved to a league-best 19-1 at home and 30-7 on the season.
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Meanwhile, the Knicks had won five straight and were playing their best basketball of the season, but had their streak snapped on Tuesday when they fell to the Bobcats by 108-98. Carmelo Anthony couldn't really get it going, scoring just 20 points on nine of 22 shooting, while Amare Stoudemire added 17 points, so the Knicks could have done with JR Smith on the court but he remained bench for the entire game. With the loss, New York drop to 15-23 overall and 8-11 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, while the Pacers are 22-7 ATS in their last 29 home games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Knicks are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four in Indiana.
The Knicks were really building momentum until their loss against the Bobcats, but given that they had just played the night before, you can probably bet the fatigue factor had something to do with it. However, they're going to have to play at their best to be competitive against the Pacers tonight and I just don't see that happening, at least not tonight. I'm sticking with the hottest team in the league...