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Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks

February 1, 2024


The Indiana Pacers will travel to New York, New York to face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden with the game scheduled to start at 7:30 PM ET and will air on Bally Sports Indiana and MSG on Thursday evening.

The Pacers saw their three-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday with a 124-129 loss on the road against the Boston Celtics which dropped their record to 27-21 on the year and puts them in 6th place in the Eastern Conference. Indiana has been an offensive juggernaut this season as they enter this game averaging the most points in the NBA with an average of 124.49 points per game. Pascal Siakam has been a welcome addition to the team and is averaging 21.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game since joining the Pacers. Defensively, Indiana has been one of the worst teams with the main reason being they play at one of the fastest tempos in the league and are allowing the 3rd most points per game in the NBA with an average of 122.92 points allowed per game. The Indiana Pacers will look to bounce back following the loss against the Celtics when they travel to face the New York Knicks.

The New York Knicks have been one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-17 which gives them the 3rd best record in the conference and are on a eight-game winning streak following Tuesday’s 118-103 win at home against the Utah Jazz. Jalen Brunson has been one of the better players on the team as he leads the team in scoring and assists with an average of 26.8 points and 6.5 assists per game. The success of the Knicks this season can be attributed to their defensive play as they are allowing the 2nd fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 109.29 points allowed per game. Offensively, the Knicks have been a slightly below-average team as they are averaging 115.38 points per game which is below the league average of 115.6 points per game. The New York Knicks will look to extend their winning streak to nine games when they host the Indiana Pacers on Thursday evening.

BookMaker has the New York Knicks listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday evening. New York has won six of the last ten while Indiana has won two of the previous three meetings. The Knicks have covered the spread in six of the last ten while the Pacers have covered the spread in two of the last three games in the series. The Indiana Pacers are 27-19-3 ATS overall, 12-9-1 ATS on the road, and 17-10-2 ATS as an underdog this season while the New York Knicks are 28-18-2 ATS overall, 14-7-1 ATS at home, and 20-9 ATS as a favorite on the year.

New York has been the better team this season and enters this matchup as one of the hottest teams in the NBA as they are on an eight-game winning streak. The Knicks have also been the better team in the last ten games in the series, winning six of the ten while covering the spread in six of the last ten meetings, and have been the slightly better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 28-18-2 ATS overall and 20-9 ATS as a favorite while the Pacers are 27-19-3 ATS overall and 17-10-2 ATS as an underdog. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the New York Knicks when they host the Indiana Pacers on Thursday evening. 

Spooky Express Pick: New York Knicks -3