Knicks vs. Pacers - 4/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (39-36) at New York Knicks (31-46)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, MSG
The Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks clash Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Indiana Pacers need this victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 101.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 100.4 points on 44 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 23.4 points and 4.1 assists while George Hill is averaging 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds. Monta Ellis is dishing 4.8 assists and Myles Turner is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Pacers are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have split their last 10 road games.
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The New York Knicks could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 16 games. The New York Knicks are averaging 98.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 22 points and 4.2 assists while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Arron Afflalo is dishing two assists and Robin Lopez is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Knicks are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost 10 of their last 14 home games.
The Pacers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Knicks are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central. The Pacers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New York.
I don't trust the Pacers at all, but they are playing a lousy Knicks team and are still fighting for a playoff spot. So, Indiana should be able to win and cover this spot. On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised if the Pacers fell flat on their face.