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2020 NBA Handicapping
(0-0) New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers (0-0)
Date: Wednesday, December 23
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana, Indianapolis
NBA Moneyline Odds: Knicks +305 | Pacers -360
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks +8.0 | Pacers -8.0
NBA Betting Total: 213.5
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Wednesday, December 23rd finds the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers playing their first game of the 2020-21 season.
The Knicks haven’t played a game that counted toward a seasonal record in over nine months while the Pacers participated in the Orlando bubble but failed to get out of the first round for the fifth consecutive year.
The Knicks hold the all-time record between the clubs with 92 wins in 182 meetings. Last season, the clubs played three times with the Pacers winning two of the contests.
New York Knicks
It was Leon Rose’s first offseason and there wasn’t a ton of movement. That in itself might be considered a win, given how quickly previous iterations of the Knicks front-office have made big swings simply because they had the money to do so.
So the fact Rose exercised caution should be applauded. Although it also points to the fact no free agents are keen to go to the Mecca while James Dolan remains the owner.
In fact, if the Knicks intend to go big star hunting they’ll probably look to move Julius Randle’s contract at the deadline to free up space for two superstars in 2021 free agency.
Austin Rivers is likely out for the season opener as he battles a groin strain.
In nine of the past ten years, the Pacers have earned a playoff berth. And while they are one of the most consistently competitive teams in the association they’ve failed to get out of the first round for the past five years.
Ultimately, that cost Nate McMillan his job as Nate Bjorkgren takes over.
Like his friend, Nick Nurse, Bjorkgren is known for his creativity and positivity. It appears the latter may have already come into play as rumors floated Victor Oladipo wanting out, but shortly after Bjorkgren’s arrival, they dissipated.
Other than the coach the big move was retaining Justin Holiday. Kevin Pritchard was said to have interest in landing Gordon Hayward and many thought there would be a sign and trade to send out Myles Turner.
That disappeared with the Hornets’ arguable overreach of four-years $120 million.
Bjorkgren gets a healthier club overall than last season but begins 2020 without Jeremy Lamb who’ll be out at least until January rehabbing from a torn ACL.
T.J. Warren (plantar fasciitis) is expected to return for opening night and Myles Turner is also probable, having passed the concussion protocol. Goga Bitadze is out with a sprained ankle.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Knicks are 12-27 ATS in their last 39 Wed. games.
- .Pacers are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 Wed. games.
- Knicks are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Indiana
Free New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
Hard to imagine Tom Thibodeau will be content to tank for several seasons so we’ll see how long his patience lasts.
Under McMillan, the Pacers were one of the best two-way clubs so it’ll be interesting to see what tweaks Bjorkgren makes.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks +8.0
A new head coach will get his first win and while I’d lean to that being Bjorkgren, I’m also equally keen to take the points and Knicks.
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