New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview
NEW YORK KNICKS VS. INDIANA PACERS GAME INFORMATION
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass
NEW YORK KNICKS VS. INDIANA PACERS MONEYLINE, SPREAD, TOTAL, AND ODDS
Moneyline: Knicks +360 | Pacers -460
Spread: Pacers -9.5
NBA Championship Odds: Pacers +5500 | Knicks +25000
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NEW YORK KNICKS VS. INDIANA PACERS NEWS AND NOTES
The Knicks have dealt with a bunch of injuries to start the season, but they are starting to get a bit healthier. Austin Rivers was able to return to the lineup in their last game, and Immanuel Quickley is probable to return to the lineup today. That gives them a bit more depth in the backcourt than they’ve had in most games to start the season.
Quickley has played in just one regular-season game, but he excelled for the Knicks during the preseason. He finished third on the team with an average of 11.0 points per game despite ranking just seventh in minutes per game. He was also one of their best distributors given his average of 4.3 assists per game. His return should ease the burden on Julius Randle, who has been forced to carry a massive workload recently. He’s posted an assist rate of 33.6% through his first five games, which is nearly double his previous career-high.
The Pacers are a bit healthier at the moment, but they are dealing with an injury to T.J. Warren. He’s out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, and he was one of the breakout stars during the Orlando bubble last season. He averaged 31.0 points per game during the seeding games.
NEW YORK KNICKS VS. INDIANA PACERS PREVIEW AND PICK
The Pacers never seem to get the respect in the betting market that they deserve. This is one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, but they’re not viewed that way.
They’ve gotten off to an excellent start this season, posting wins in four of their first five games, and their only blemish was a five-point loss to the Celtics. They’ve already played the Knicks once this season, and they recorded a comfortable 14-point win in that contest.
Overall, the Pacers rank fifth in Offensive Efficiency and sixth in Defensive Efficiency to start the year. Their Net Rating of +9.45 ranks fifth in the league, meaning they’ve outscored their opponents by +9.45 points per 100 possessions through their first five games.
On the other hand, the Knicks have been one of the worst teams in the league in that metric to start the year. They’ve posted a Net Rating of -4.47, which ranks just 24th among the 30 NBA squads.
I like the Pacers’ chances to roll to a comfortable victory in this matchup.
The Pick: Pacers -9.5