Knicks vs. Pacers Prediction
Can the Indiana Pacers pick up a lopsided win at home this afternoon when they take on the New York Knicks at 5PM ET?
519 New York Knicks at 520 Indiana Pacers
Sunday, December 16, 2018
5PM ET – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Pacers are the heavy favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -11.5 points against the Knicks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 214.5 points. The public betting currently has 57 percent going on the Pacers as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Knicks snap skid
The New York Knicks put an end to a 5-game losing streak on Friday with a 126-124 OT win at Charlotte. The win also ended a 5-game losing streak at the betting window. The Knicks are 9-21 overall, 5-12 on the road, 14-15-1 against the spread and 18-12 with the over.
New York is averaging just 108.9 points per game on offense this year while shooting only 44 percent from the field. The New York defense is giving up 115.2 points per game while opponents shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from the arc. Tim Hardaway Jr. is leading the team with 21.1 points per game while Enes Kanter is adding 15.0 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest.
Pacers on fire
The Pacers won their sixth straight on Friday, picking up a 113-101 win at Philadelphia. They have won five straight by eight points or more, covering in all five of those wins. Indiana is now 19-10 on the season, 10-4 at home, 16-13 against the spread and 18-11 with the under.
Indiana has the league’s-best defense, allowing just 101.3 points per game while holding opponents to 43.9 percent shooting. The offense averages just 106.6 points per game, but shoots 37.5 percent from the arc and 47.6 percent from the field. The team recently got Victor Oladipo back from a lengthy injury. He is averaging 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Thaddeus Young is averaging 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, but has put up 20 or more in three of the Pacers last four games.
NBA Betting Trends
The Knicks are 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 Sunday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six Eastern Conference games.
The Pacers have covered the spread in five straight games following a win and in four straight against conference opponents.
The Pacers are on a roll and I am going to take my chances on that continuing tonight against the Knicks. New York had a nice win on Friday, but New York hasn’t been a very competitive team this season. Indiana is at full strength right now and the Pacers have overwhelmed opponents with their defense despite not having a top-level offense. I look for more of the same in this game.
NBA Prediction: Indiana Pacers -11.5