Knicks face Pacers in pivotal Game 4
The New York Knicks will be looking to avoid a 3-1 series hole on Tuesday night as they play on the road against the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of their best-of-seven second-round series.
The Knicks fell 82-71 in Indiana in Game 3 of the series on Saturday as a 5-point underdog on the NBA betting odds to go down 2-1 in the set. Roy Hibbert scored 24 points for the Pacers, while Carmelo Anthony had 21 points for the Knicks.
Indiana will face the 54-28 Knicks, who own a 46-35-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pacers are 39-42 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Knicks are 40-40-2 favoring the OVER.
The visitors opened this morning as 5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 181 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 2-rated Pacers and the No. 9-rated Knicks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 100-99 win for the Knicks on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Indiana's No. 1-rated squad against New York's No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Indiana rates No. 16 in the league with 6.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 1 with 10.9 per outing.
Defensively, the Knicks feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.4 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 in the league in scoring at home.
New York lost its last outing, an 82-71 result against the Pacers on May 11. The Knicks failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 153 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Knicks endured an 82-71 loss at the hands of the Pacers on Saturday, despite a 21-point effort from Carmelo Anthony at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing New York are 7-3
After playing New York are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
A few Knicks at Pacers trends to consider:
New York is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New York's last 10 games
New York is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games at home
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
New York home to Indiana, Thursday, May 16
Indiana at New York, Thursday, May 16