New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 12, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Line: Indiana -12 -- Over/Under 212
The New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
The New York Knicks will be hoping to put an end to a six-game losing streak after falling to the Timberwolves in a 103-92 road loss on Sunday. Damyean Dotson led the team with 26 points and six assists, Allonzo Trier added 15 points off the bench while Kevin Knox and Dennis Smith Jr. each scored 13 points. As a team, the Knicks shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 25 from the 3-point line as they kept it close in the early going before the Timberwolves took over the game behind Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson who combined for 45 points. With the loss, New York fell to 13-54 on the season and 7-28 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been going through their own struggles as they’ve lost five of their last seven games and they will be aiming to avoid a third straight defeat after getting blown out by the 76ers in a 106-89 road loss on Sunday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 18 points, Darren Collison added 14 points while Doug McDermott chipped in with 10 points, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Pacers shot just 37 percent from the field and five of 16 from the 3-point line as they led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but the second half was a totally different story as the Pacers had no answer for the 76ers who outscored them by 55-30. With the loss, Indiana fell to 42-25 on the season and 17-16 on the road which is good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games, 8-18-1 ATS in their last 27 games against a team above .600 and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Pacers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games, 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a road record below .400 and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings, the Knicks are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Indiana.
The Knicks have been in a funk lately and the same could be said for the Pacers who have lost five of their last seven games. However, the Pacers lead the season series 3-0 and the last two wins were by double digits which is why they’re heavy favorites in this one. I’m tempted to take the Knicks with the points, but I just get the feeling that the Pacers enjoy this matchup, so I’m sticking with the home team to win in a blowout.