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NY Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers Prediction 5-6-24 Tips

The Indiana Pacers and the NY Knicks meet on Monday in the first game of the East NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Here is a prediction for NY Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers.

Indiana Pacers betting preview

The Indiana Pacers are coming off a 6-game series against the Bucks and are 1-2 SU in these playoffs. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 113 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 22.3 points and 8.8 rebounds, while Myles Turner is averaging 19.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. Tyrese Haliburton is the third double-digit scorer and Andrew Nembhard grabs 3.3 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 34.4 percent from distance and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from distance and grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game.

NY Knicks betting preview

The NY Knicks are coming off a 6-game series with the 76ers and are 2-1 SU at home in these playoffs. The NY Knicks are averaging 108.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson is averaging 35.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Josh Hart is averaging 16.8 points and 12.3 rebounds. OG Anunoby is the third double-digit scorer and Donte DiVincenzo grabs 3.3 rebounds. The NY Knicks are shooting 37 percent from distance and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The NY Knicks are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from distance and grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.

NY Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers Injury Report

The Pacers' only injured player is Bennedict Mathurin, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury and hasn't played since March 5. Julius Randle and Bojan Bogdanovic are out for the season for the Knicks. Jericho Sims is questionable for New York with a shoulder injury.

Why the New York Knicks will win

  • The Pacers have lost each of their last nine road playoff games after a win.
  • The home team has won 10 of the Knicks' last 11 Eastern Conference semifinal games.
  • The favorites have covered the spread in nine of the last ten games between the Pacers and Knicks.
  • The Pacers have failed to stay the distance in seven of their last eight playoff games as underdogs.

Why the Indiana Pacers will win

  • The Knicks have lost each of their last eight Eastern Conference semifinal games against Central Division opponents after a win.
  • The underdogs have won each of the Pacers' last four Eastern Conference semifinal games.
  • The underdogs have covered the spread in each of the Pacers' last six Eastern Conference semifinal games.
  • The Knicks have failed to even the spread in their last four home games after winning as underdogs.

Total score facts

  • Sixteen of the Knicks' last 18 night games have exceeded the point total.
  • Each of the Pacers' last four games as underdogs exceeded the point total.

NY Knicks vs Indiana Pacers Prediction

The NY Knicks will get the benefit of the doubt because they are at home, where 29 of their 54 wins have come, and they arguably have the best home spot in the playoffs. However, the value lies with the Pacers and the points. The Pacers have won three of the last four games against the Knicks, including a 14-point victory in February. Also, the Knicks are coming off a physical series against the 76ers where guys got beat up and slammed into the ground. Brunson, Hart and Anunoby averaged over 40 minutes per game against the 76ers. Yes, there were a few off days, but there is no doubt that the Pacers are the fresher team in this series. This is an ideal spot for the Pacers to steal one on the go. Give me the Pacers and the points.

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