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2024 NBA Handicapping Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks
(27-22) Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks (31-17)
Date: Thursday, February 1st
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Moneyline NBA Odds: Pacers | Knicks -280 (Bet Now!)
NBA ATS Betting Odds: Knicks -3.5
Today’s NBA Betting Total (O/U): 240.5
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Thursday, February 1st finds the Indiana Pacers facing the New York Knicks for the second of three scheduled matches. Indiana won the initial meeting 140-126 while New York will host the final meeting on February 10th.
Both teams last played on Tuesday with Indiana losing a heartbreaker 124-129 to the Celtics while the Knicks defeated the Jazz 118-103.
New York holds the all-time record having won 99 the 193 meetings between the clubs. The Eastern Conference foes played four times last season with the Pacers taking three of the four matches.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing, Wednesday, January 31st. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Thursday, February 1st.
With Tyrese Haliburton back the Pacers returned to their balanced scoring offense although he was on a minute watch. Indiana covered the spread although they failed to come away with the win.
A focus on defense may not be obvious but Rick Carlisle has his squad more dedicated to that end of the court and they are slowly but surely improving in that regard.
Indiana possesses the top-ranked offense (121.3) and while their defense ranks 26th (119.6) they are making more of an effort on that end of the court while their net differential of plus +1.7 registers 12th overall.
The Pacers began the season strong and are still a decent bet against the spread with a 27-19-3 record through 49 matches.
Pacers Injury Report
To summarize the injury report…
- T.J. McConnell, PG (questionable— personal)
- Tyrese Haliburton, PG (questionable — hamstring)
- Jalen Smith, PF (questionable — back)
- Bennedict Mathurin, SF (questionable — toe)
New York Knicks
Julius Randle’s shoulder separation will keep him out for weeks which had the Knicks in a positive mood as it could have been months. The tricky part of that equation however is he is such a physical player that he’ll have to truly be close to 100 percent before returning.
Factor in Mitchell Robinson’s absence and now OG Anunoby also sidelined and the size Tom Thibodeau loves to play with is severely altered. That means Jalen Brunson will be tasked with more of the heavy lifting when it comes to scoring production.
New York ranks sevnth offensively (118.3) and have climbed to sixth defensively (111.9) while their net differential is plus +6.4 which ranks fourth overall.
The Knicks offer a strong option against the spread with a 29-18-1 record through 48 contests.
Knicks Injury Report
To summarize the injury report…
- Julius Randle, PF (OUT indefinitely— shoulder)
- OG Anunoby, SF (questionable— elbow)
- Quentin Grimes, AG (questionable— knee)
- Mitchell Robinson, C (OUT indefinitely — ankle)
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Pacers vs. Knicks NBA Betting Trends:
- All in all, the Pacers are 13-4-3 ATS in their last 20 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Indiana’s last 12 games.
- Also, the Pacers are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games.
- By comparison, the Knicks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New York’s last 10 games.
- Additionally, the Knicks are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
Indiana is 11-5 against the teams seeded above them in the Eastern Conference whereas the Knicks haven’t been as successful against that group with a 3-8 record.
Mind you most of those matches occurred before the trade but with Randle and Mitchell out while Anunoby is day-to-day this should be a match where the Pacers can steal a victory.
4* Free Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks NBA Betting Pick: Pacers +3.5
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NBA Tweet Of The Day
THE NEW YORK KNICKS HAVE 8 STRAIGHT WINS AND ARE THE 3 SEED IN THE EAST pic.twitter.com/oyvDcKxILB
— KnicksMuse (@KnicksMuse) January 31, 2024
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