Knicks seek to tie up series in Indiana
The New York Knicks will get the chance to tie up their best-of-seven second-round playoff series on Saturday night as they play Game 6 of the set against the Indiana Pacers.
The Knicks staved off elimination on Thursday night with an 85-75 victory as a 5-point home favorite at Madison Square Garden over the Pacers. Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 28 points for New York, and J.R. Smith added 13 points.
Supporters of the Knicks have seen them go 54-28 and 46-35-1 ATS so far this season, while the Pacers are at 49-32 and 42-39 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pacers are 39-42, while the Knicks are 40-40-2.
The Knicks were listed as 5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 179.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pacers at No. 2 and the Knicks at No. 9 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 100-99 result in favor of the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 23-ranked offense (94.7 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 7 at 95.7 PPG. The Pacers have averaged 43.6% from the field per game, less than the Knicks have managed so far this season (44.8% on average).
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.
Indiana lost its last outing, an 85-75 result against the Knicks on May 16. The Pacers failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 160 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Indiana suffered an 85-75 loss against New York on Thursday, getting 23 points from Paul George in a losing effort at Madison Square Garden.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 4-6
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a win are 5-5
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing New York are 8-2
After playing New York are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
A few Knicks at Pacers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New York's last 12 games
New York is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 7 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 8 games at home
Indiana is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
New York home to Indiana, Monday, May 20
Indiana at New York, Monday, May 20