Betting on today’s Knicks and Pacers game? Catch the action at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN, as the Pacers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on BSIN. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 247 points, and the Pacers are favored to win at home against the Knicks.
NEW YORK KNICKS VS INDIANA PACERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Knicks +4
This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK KNICKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-115 in favor of the Knicks.
- Our projections have Jalen Brunson finishing with Jalen Brunson points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists.
- From the field, we have the Knicks finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.2% and knocking down 13 threes.
Is a Road Win Possible for the Knicks?
As the Knicks get ready to take on the Pacers, they are the 4-point underdogs and sit 7th in the Eastern Conference. New York has dropped two straight games and are 17-14 overall this season.
Against the spread, the Knicks are just below .500 for the season at 17-14. On the road, New York is both 9-10 straight up and against the spread.
So far, the Knicks have been the underdog in 15 of their 31 games and have gone 7-8 vs. the spread in those games. Their average scoring differential as the underdog this season is -6.1 points per game.
When looking at their over/under performance in games with higher lines than today’s line of 247, New York has yet to play an over/under line above 247 this season. The average over/under line in their games has been 225.1 points.
In their most recent game versus the Magic, the Knicks’ offense was limited to 108 points. During the game, they took 30 shots from beyond the arc and had a field goal percentage of 44.2%. Over the Knicks’ last three games, they have an effective field goal percentage of 55% compared to their season-long EFG of 53% (21st). In their five most recent games, New York is shooting 32.5% from three, which is 3rd best in the league.
Currently, the Knicks’ defense holds the 12th rank in the NBA, allowing 113.1 points per game. The New York defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.0% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.7% of their field goal attempts vs. New York.
Can the Pacers Pull Off a Home Win?
Coming into today’s game, the Pacers are favored by 4-points at home over the Knicks. If they are able to cover the spread, they will also move their overall record above .500 as they currently sit at 16-14.
When looking at the Eastern Conference standings, the Pacers are in 8th place and sit 3rd in the Central Division. Against other teams in the East, Indiana has gone 13-10 compared to 3-4 in non-conference games.
So far this season, the Pacers have been the favorite in 50% of their games, going 8-7 both straight up and against the spread when favored. Their average scoring differential as the favorite is currently +8.3 points per game.
When playing at home, Indiana has put together a slightly better record both SU and ATS. The Pacers have gone 8-7 at home and have an average scoring margin of +6.3 points per game. Their home ATS record for the season is also 8-7.
When looking at the Pacers’ over/under record, their games have finished above the line in 21 of their 30 games, giving them an over/under mark of 21-9. Each of their last four games have also finished below the over/under lines for each of those games.
In the game against the Bulls, the Pacers struggled to score, finishing below their season average of 126.1 points per game. They shot 50.6% from the field and scored a total of 120 points. Myles Turner was the Pacers’ top scorer with 24 points, while Tyrese Haliburton added 21 points.
At present, the Pacers’ defense is ranked 29th, allowing 124.8 points per game. Opponents are hitting 56.0% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 38.2% of their three-point attempts.