Indiana Pacers (5-4) at New York Knicks (4-4)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -2 -- Over/Under: 217.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks duke it out at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
The Indiana Pacers will be looking to bounce back after their three-game win streak was snapped by the 76ers in a 121-110 road loss on Friday. Victor Oladipo led the way with 31 points and seven assists, Bojan Bogdanovic added 21 points while Thaddeus Young chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 46 percent from the field and just eight of 28 from the three-point line as they were blown out in the second half by 65-47. The Pacers just dropped their intensity on the defensive end and they got burned as the 76ers drained 18 of 36 from the three-point line.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have won four of their last five games and they will be feeling good after making light work of the Suns in a 120-107 home win on Friday. The Knicks hit the ground running with a 32-19 first quarter effort and it was Kristaps Porzingis who led the way with 37 points on 13 of 22 shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points while Enes Kanter chipped in with 16 points, 15 rebounds and three assists as the Knicks shot 52 percent from the field as eight of 26 from the three-point line.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games overall. Meanwhile, the Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings, the Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in New York.
The Pacers really let themselves down on the defensive end in their loss on Friday, so they’ll want to come out strong and make up for that, but they’ve run into a Knicks team who are actually playing some good basketball to bounce back from their 0-3 start to the season. The Knicks are slight favorites at home which sounds fair, but I feel the value is with the Pacers who welcomed back their best player in Myles Turner in their last outing. In what should be a close contest, I’m taking the Pacers to bounce back with a nice road win in this one.