Can Pacers bounce Knicks in Game 5?
The Indiana Pacers can close out their best-of-seven second-round series at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night as they take on the New York Knicks in Game 5 of the set.
Indiana knocked off New York 93-82 as a 5-point home favorite on the NBA betting odds in Game 4 of the set on Tuesday night to go up 3-1 in the series. George Hill led the Pacers with 26 points in that win, while Paul George had 18 points.
Supporters of the Pacers have seen them go 49-32 and 42-39 ATS so far this season, while the Knicks are at 54-28 and 46-35-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Knicks are 40-40-2, while the Pacers are 39-42.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 9-rated Knicks and the No. 2-ranked Pacers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 100-99 result in favor of the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 11-ranked offense (100 PPG) against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 2 at 90.7 PPG. The Knicks have averaged 44.8% from the field per game, more than the Pacers have managed so far this season (43.6% on average).
Defensively, the Pacers feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, giving up 91.6 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the league in scoring at home.
The Knicks were a 93-82 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (175) made winners of UNDER bettors. New York suffered a 93-82 loss against Indiana on Tuesday, getting 24 points from Carmelo Anthony in a losing effort at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing New York are 7-3
After playing New York are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few Pacers at Knicks trends to consider:
Indiana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Indiana is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing New York
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Indiana's last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 9 games on the road
New York is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New York's last 11 games
New York is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Indiana home to New York, Saturday, May 18
New York at Indiana, Saturday, May 18