Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks – Picks & Predictions

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Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks – Picks & Predictions

Author: Erik Gibbs | Publish Date: February 1, 2024 | Last Updated: February 1, 2024

Thursday night in the NBA will feature an Eastern Conference rivalry as the Indiana Pacers (27-21) take on the New York Knicks (31-17) at Madison Square Garden.

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Head-To-Head: Pacers vs. Knicks

Indiana is third in the Central Division standings, 5.5 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Bucks. Since a recent 1-5 stretch, Indiana has won three of their last four, dropping their most recent game to the Boston Celtics 129-124 on Monday night.

The Knicks have moved to within six games of the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division standings and go for their league-leading ninth straight win on Thursday night. Since their last three-game losing streak, New York has a 14-2 record. They defeated the Utah Jazz 118-103 on Tuesday, with six players scoring in double figures, including 33 from Dante DiVincenzo and 29 29 from Jalen Brunson.

The Pacers and Knicks have had 193 meetings in the regular season, with New York holding a 99-94 advantage. Indiana holds a 22-19 edge in the playoffs against the Knicks and won their last series 4-2 in the 2013 Eastern Conference semifinals. The Pacers won 140-126 in their previous matchup on December 30.

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Betting Tips for Pacers vs. Knicks

The Pacers have a 13-4-3 record against the spread over the last 20 games and are 2-4 against the spread vs. the Knicks in the previous six meetings. The total has gone under in Indiana’s last 12 games overall.

New York is 6-0 against the spread in their last six home games and 4-1 against the spread in their previous five games against the Pacers at home. The total has gone under in nine of their last ten contests and went over in four of the last five against Indiana.

Pacers vs. Knicks Predictions

The Pacers were down by 15 points at Boston and cut the lead to three going into the final quarter but couldn’t get any closer while taking the loss. Tyrese Haliburton returned for this game after missing ten of the last 11, finishing with just 13 points and ten assists in 22 minutes. With his return and the recent acquisition of Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors, Indiana is poised to make a playoff run and is currently ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.  

Injuries could be an issue for New York as they try to extend their longest season winning streak to nine games. Julius Randle could miss several games after suffering a shoulder injury against the Miami Heat on Saturday. 

Mitchell Robinson will also be out of the lineup with an injury, and OG Anunoby sat out the last game against the Jazz with inflammation in his elbow and is questionable for this matchup. The Knicks are 12-2 since he was acquired from the Raptors. 

While the Knicks have held it together during the recent rash of injuries, they’ll have their work cut out without their starting center and power forward in the lineup against the Pacers.

Prediction: Indiana Pacers +2.5

Erik Gibbs

Erik is a dynamic and seasoned journalist with a passion for all things sports and sports betting. With a career spanning over two decades, he has become a prominent figure in the world of sports journalism, admired for his insightful analysis and engaging storytelling.