Two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Eastern Conference playoff spots are clashing today, when the Indiana Pacers (31-25), who are having their ups and downs the past week, are hosting the New York Knicks (23-33), who have lost their star player for the season and are in a free fall. New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-11-2018, 17:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers -8.5
Pacers have a 31-25 record (30-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 6th place of the East. They have won five of their last seven matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Celtics with a 97-91 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 24 ppg, adding 5.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 13.6 ppg, while Miles Turner adds 13.5 ppg and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Knicks have a 23-33 record (28-28 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the 11th place of the East. They have five consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Raptors with an 88-113 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kristaps Porzingis with 22.9 ppg, adding 6.7 rebounds but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. He is followed by Tim Hardaway Jr with 16.8 ppg, while Enes Kanter adds 14 ppg and a team high 10.5 rebounds per game and he is also out for today.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season, each team won at home (Pacers by 18 points and Knicks by 7). Pacers are 19-11 at home so far this season, while Knicks are 7-22 on the road. Indiana is better offensively, scoring 106.5 ppg to Knicks’ 103.5, while both teams allow almost the same number of points per game defensively (105.6 and 105.4). Pacers have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48.1% to Knicks’ 46.44% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37.2% to Knicks’ 35.81%. Knicks on the other hand are better in rebounding (44.4 to 41.5) and in assists made (22.9 to 22.4). Pacers are the absolute favorite in this game and VEgas odds give them a -8.5 spread which they are expected to beat for an easy home victory.
New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Indiana Pacers -8.5 (-109)
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New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers Spread and Prediction