New York Knicks (13-54) vs. Indiana Pacers (42-25)
March 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm ET (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Lines and Odds: Pacers -12 Over/Under: 208
ESPN NBA Expert Picks Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks
In tonight’s Eastern Conference match-up, the 15th seed New York Knicks are playing against the 4th seed Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. While ranking 5th in the Atlantic Division, New York is 6-26 at home and 7-28 away. After losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92, played on March 10th, the Knicks are now on a six game losing streak. So far this season, the Pacers are 25-9 at home and 17-16 on the road. Indiana ranks 2nd in the Central Division. On March 10th, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Pacers 106-89, which as a result, caused Indiana to commence a two game losing streak. Plus, both the 76ers and Pacers are 42-25 right now. The Boston Celtics are not far behind, trailing with the 5th seed at 41-27. In the last ten meetings head to head, the Pacers are 6-4 against the Knicks. On top of averaging a higher field goal percentage of 47.65% in these games, Indiana out-rebounded New York 45.30 to 42.20. Additionally, the Pacers were a more accurate 3 point shooting team, shooting 97/261, whereas the Knicks were 99/281.
The Indiana Pacers are ranked 21st in scoring offense, averaging 108.2 points per game. Their offensive efficiency rating is 1.068, which ranks 16th in the NBA. Prior to his injury, Victor Oladipo was leading the team for points and steals per game. He averaged 18.8 points and 1.7 steals per game. Domantas Sabonis is ahead for rebounds, acquiring 9.2 per game. With 6 assists per game, Darren Collison is in first place for this metric. Center Myles Turner is leading the Pacers for blocks per game, averaging 2.9 per game. Oladipo also played the most minutes per game, with 31.9 minutes in 36 games started. In 67 games started, Bojan Bogdanovic is close to Oladipo, playing 31.8 minutes per game, and he is earning 17.7 PPG. According to the injury report, due to a respiratory infection, Tyreke Evans is listed as “questionable” for tonight’s game against the New York Knicks. Victor Oladipo is out for the season. For scoring defense based on opponents’ points per game, the Pacers rank 2nd in the league, allowing 104 points per game. The team’s defensive efficiency rating is 1.026 and it ranks 2nd overall as well. Furthermore, Indiana is ranked 21st for free throw shooting percentage at 75.4%. They shoot 75.3% from the free throw line at home and 75.6% on the road.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks are ranked 27th for scoring offense, putting up 105.4 points per game. The Knicks’ offensive efficiency rating is 1.015 and ranking 30th, this rating is the worst in the league. Dennis Smith Jr. is leading the team for points, assists, and steals per game. He averages 15.1 points, 6.2 assists, and 1.4 steals. DeAndre Jordan is ahead for rebounds per game, earning 11.8. With 2.4 blocks per game, Mitchell Robinson is leading New York. Not to mention, Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging the most minutes played per game, with 29.7 minutes in 16 games started. Kevin Knox has played 28 MPG in 42 games started. When reviewing the injury report, in the aftermath of a groin injury, Frank Ntilikina is out “indefinitely” and Mario Hezonja is listed as “questionable” for tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers. Based on scoring defense, the Knicks are ranked 24th, allowing their opponents to score 113.9 points per game. Ranking 26th, their defensive efficiency rating is 1.096. In terms of free throw shooting, New York is ranked 19th at 75.7%. The team averages 75.2% at home, but are more accurate on the road at 76%.
Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends
Indiana is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Indiana is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana’s last 6 games
Indiana is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Indiana is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games at home
New York Knicks
New York is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
New York is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York’s last 5 games
New York is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
New York is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
ESPN NBA Scores New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers
Now, these teams are more comparable for points scored offensively, but are polar opposites for scoring defense. Indiana is superior on defense, three point shooting, and team shooting percentage. For 3 point shooting percentage, the Pacers rank 4th at 37.6%, while the Knicks rank 27th at 34%. Indiana also ranks 4th for team shooting, based on their percentage of 47.7%. Meanwhile, due to inconsistent performances, New York has shot 43.2% on the court, ranking 30th for team shooting. Nevertheless, to a small degree, one area the Knicks edge the Pacers is free throw shooting percentage. As referenced from the team total rebounding percentage list, the Pacers ranks 16th for rebounding percentage at 50.1%, whereas the Knicks rank 24th at 49%. Moreover, basketball teams averaging fewer turnovers per game can be a significant advantage. However, ranking in the top 10 for fewest turnovers, the Pacers and the Knicks average 13.8 turnovers per game. All in all, the Pacers should still be favored at home. As stated before, the Pacers, 76ers, and Celtics are still fighting over the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks’ six game losing streak should not be overlooked.
Pick: Pacers -10 (-105)