Indiana Pacers (4-3) at New York Knicks (2-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 31, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Knicks +5.5 -- Over/Under: 211
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The Indiana Pacers invade Madison Square Garden to battle the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
The Indiana Pacers will be looking to bounce back after having their two-game win streak snapped by the Trailblazers in a 103-93 home loss on Monday. Victor Oladipo led the way with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists but shot just nine of 24 from the field. Darren Collison added 17 points with six assists while Thaddeus Young chipped in with 16 points but the Pacers went ice-cold in the second half where they were outscored by 58-44. As a team, the Pacers shot just 41 percent from the field and six of 19 from the three-point line.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks will be feeling pretty good about themselves after snapping a five-game skid with a dominant 115-96 win over the Nets on Monday. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the team with 25 points and eight assists, Frank Ntilikina added 16 points while four more players finished in double figures. As a team, the Knicks shot modest figures of 48 percent from the field and nine of 24 from the three-point line but there was plenty of effort on the defensive end as they held the Nets to just 40 percent shooting while outrebounding them by 53-32.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games, 23-6 ATS in their last 29 games following a double-digit loss at home and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Knicks are 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record, 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in New York, the home team is 22-6 ATS in the last 28 meetings and the Pacers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in New York.
The Pacers were gaining a bit of momentum before getting stopped by the Trailblazers on Monday, but Oladipo had a rare poor shooting night and I’m looking at him to bounce back. The Knicks really came out with great effort against the Nets and they really took over from the second quarter onwards, but I don’t see effort being enough against this Pacers team who have covered in seven of their last nine road games. These are the types of matchups the Pacers need to capitalize on if they want to be considered contenders in the Eastern Conference and I think they get it done in this one.