Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks - 3/19/14
Indiana Pacers (50-17) at New York Knicks (27-40)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks will clash Wednesday night at the famous Madison Square Garden. This is third and final regular season meeting, and the Pacers lead the series 2-0.
The Pacers have won four straight games and seem to be back on track. In the Pacers last five games, they’re averaging 100 points on 46.7 percent shooting and are allowing 95.2 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Paul George has scored 24 or more points in four of his last five games. On the road, the Pacers average 97.5 points and allow 97.8 points. The Indiana Pacers are 34-32-1 ATS overall and 15-17 ATS on the road.
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The Knicks have won six straight games, as they are getting closer to making a playoff appearance a reality. During this winning streak, the Knicks are averaging 113.8 points on 50.7 percent shooting and are allowing 94.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. The Knicks have scored no less than 107 points during this winning streak, and Tim Hardaway Jr. has scored 20-plus points in three straight games and is shooting 52.8 percent from the field in his last five. Defensively, the Knicks have held their opponents under 100 points in five of their last seven games. The New York Knicks are 29-38 ATS overall and 13-22 ATS at home.
The Pacers are 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference. The favorite is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
While the Pacers have been getting the job done lately, it’s important to note those wins came against the 76ers, Pistons and Celtics. The Pacers also haven’t been covering the spread much at all lately. Meanwhile, we’ve been getting great value with the Knicks and they’re actually producing as of late.
I think New York wins this game SU as a statement game, but I’ll gladly take the couple of points.