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Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks: Preview, odds, predictions, injuries, how to watch

The Indiana Pacers, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, visit the third-placed New York Knicks on Thursday in a matchup between two teams that could be dangerous in the playoffs.

Both teams have key players listed as questionable, which provides some uncertainty heading into this game.

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Odds

Indiana Pacers+140 ML
New York Knicks-165 ML
SpreadNew York Knicks -3.0
Total PointsO/U 241.0

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Information

WhereMadison Square Garden, New York, New York
When7:30 PM ET on Thursday, February 1st
How to watchBally Sports Midwest, MSG Network, NBA League Pass

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Predictions

New York Knicks to win (-165)

The New York Knicks come into this game as one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Not only have the Knicks jumped into the third-seed in the Eastern Conference, but they have won eight games in a row.

During their win streak, the Knicks are averaging 116.8 points per game, while allowing 99.3 points per game. They have also won their matchups by an average of 17.5 points per game.

As for the Pacers, they are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, losing their most recent match to the Boston Celtics. Because the Knicks are red-hot right now, backing them to win this game will be our best bet.

Jalen Brunson to score over 32.5 points (-115)

One of our favorite player props will target Jalen Brunson from the New York Knicks. Brunson has been the Knicks’ best player this entire season, averaging 26.8 points per game, which leads the team.

Given his points prop of 32.5 points, Brunson has surpassed this number in nine games this season. This includes two of his last seven games.

With Julius Randle out for at least a few weeks, Brunson is likely going to need to carry the offense. He scored 28 points against the Pacers in the first meeting, therefore backing Brunson to go over his points prop will be our pick.

Pascal Siakam to score over 21.5 points (-110)

Switching gears, we will be looking at Pascal Siakam from the Indiana Pacers to go over his points prop.

Siakam is averaging 22.1 points per game this season. However, he is averaging 21.6 points per game in seven games with the Pacers since being traded.

His points prop is currently set at 21.5, a number he has gone over 22 times this season and three times with the Pacers.

The Pacers’ leading scorer, Tyrese Haliburton is questionable for this game, plus he has struggled scoring over the last five games as he recovers from a hamstring injury. For that reason, backing Siakam to carry a bigger offensive load and to go over his points prop will be our play.

Indiana Pacers Injury Report

Game-time decisions will have to be made for Jalen Smith, T.J. McConnell, Bennedict Mathirin and Tyrese Haliburton, who are all listed as questionable.

New York Knicks Injury Report

Julius Randle has been ruled out with a shoulder injury, while game-time-decisions will be made on OG Anunoby and Quentin Grimes. Mitchell Robinson is out for the year.

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Stats

New York is 17-5 at home this season and 9-1 in their last 10 games.

Indiana is 11-12 on the road this season and 4-6 in their last 10 games.

The Knicks play at the league's third-slowest pace, while the Pacers play at the league's second-fastest pace. 

Both teams drive to the hoop often: Indiana does so 56.1 times per game which is second in the league, while New York does so 53.5 times per game, the sixth most in the NBA.

Indiana has the league's best offensive rating and the third-worst defensive rating, which can be attributed to the team's fast pace which creates more opportunities to shoot. The Knicks are seventh in both offensive and defensive rating.

The Pacers make shots at a league-leading 50.6 field goal percentage, while New York is ranked 20th with a field goal percentage of 47.0

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Head-to-Head

Indiana Pacers94 wins
New York Knicks99 wins

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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