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Pointspread favors Pacers in battle with Knicks

New York KnicksIndiana Pacers
15-23January 16, 2014, 07:00 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse30-7

The visiting Knicks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Pacers.

The Knicks will try to spoil the party on Thursday; they are 16-22 ATS against the number this season, while the Pacers are 25-12 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). New York is 19-19 on the totals; Indiana is 13-24.

View New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Knicks before tip-off in this one found them as 9.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 184 at TopBet.

This game matches up the No. 3 (Pacers) and the No. 12 (Knicks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 96-85 result in favor of the Pacers is predicted by handicapping models.

New York was a 108-98 loser in its last match on the road against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 206 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. New York suffered a 108-98 loss against Charlotte on Tuesday, getting 20 points from Carmelo Anthony in a losing effort at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Pacers were a 116-92 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Kings. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (208) made winners of OVER bettors. Sacramento was run off the court by the Pacers on Tuesday as Indiana blasted the Kings 116-92 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 20-ranked offense (97.38 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 8 at 98.24 PPG. The Pacers have averaged 45.58% from the field per game, more than the Knicks have managed so far this season (43.77% on average).

A few Knicks at Pacers trends to consider:
New York is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
New York is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 7 games
New York is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Indiana is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
Indiana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana's last 8 games
Indiana is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
New York home to Los Angeles, Friday, January 17th
Indiana home to Los Angeles, Saturday, January 18th