New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers – NBA Betting preview and prediction
Tonight we will see an Eastern Conference matchup between New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden, New York. Indiana Pacers suffered a defeat last night against 76ers, which ended their 3 games winning streak. On the other side, Knicks will want to extend their great run, with only 1 defeat in the past 5 games against Houston Rockets (97:119).
As mentioned before, Indiana Pacers saw their winning streak snapped against Philadelphia 76ers as they lost 121:110. Prior to that defeat, Pacers won against Spurs (97:94), Kings (101:83) and Cavaliers (107:124). Looking back at Indiana Pacers recent match, the 1st quarter ended relatively close, with 76ers ahead by only 2 points (30:28). Next quarter saw Indiana Pacers performing much better, with 68.2% FG accuracy, whereas 76ers were shooting 50%, which resulted in Pacers outscoring 76ers by 9 points. With that, teams went into the lockerrooms with a scoreboard showing 56:63. The 3rd quarter was the opposite of what we saw in the 2nd quarter, 76ers shot very well with 63.3% and managed to hold Pacers at only 33.3% shooting accuracy from the field, thus managed to get back the lead, outscoring Pacers by 10 points. With only 3 points separating the teams it all came down to the final 12 minutes when 76ers continued their dominance and added another 8 points to their lead. Final result 121:110.
New York Knicks have bounced back after a poor start of the season when they lost their first 3 games. After that, they improved by a lot, scoring at least 107 points and besides that managed to play very good at the defensive end of the floor. Even in their defeat against Rockets, they managed to hold them at 47.7% shooting accuracy. Looking at their recent win against Phoenix Suns, NY Knicks were the better side in all of the 4 quarters. It was not only their offence that did the job, but their defensive work was exceptional, especially in the 1st quarter, when Suns only hit 18.5% of their shots! It’s no secret that if they manage to continue this way they will slowly climb in the top 5 in the East.
Verdict & Prediction
Pacers saw their player Victor Oladipo stepping up and leading the team, which has no problem putting up points. They have managed to score 124 points against Cavaliers and 130 against Timberwolves which shows they can be deadly with the ball in their hands. As for Knicks, same can be said. They have been very consistent with their points and we can expect them to do the same tonight. Taking everything into consideration, I expect a high scoring match with teams easily passing the 100 point mark.
Prediction: Over 217 points
Odds: 2.08 SBOBET