Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Game 1 Pick
Date/Time: May 5th, 3:30 pm ET
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Knicks -4.5
Less than 48 hours after both teams finished off their first round series, the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers are going to be back on the court on Sunday to start the Eastern Conference Semifinals in NBA betting action.
Indiana was able to survive a series against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, but survival was really the key of the series. There probably was never a point that the Pacers were threatened to lose the series, but the fact that they had to play six games was a bit of a shock to a lot of NBA fans. That being said, as soon as the Pacers were able to really slow down the Hawks and frustrate them, the series was effectively over. In the last two games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Indiana held down the upstart Hawks to just a total of 51 made shots from the field and a total of 73 and 83 points. F Paul George had a miserable Game 4, but he was still the MVP of the series, averaging over 18 points and nearly 10 boards per game. It was good to see G George Hill step it up and knock down some shots from the outside, but the key, especially in the late games, was getting on the glass. In Game 4, all five starters had at least seven rebounds for the Pacers.
F Carmelo Anthony knew if his Knicks blew their opening round series after taking a 3-0 lead over the Boston Celtics, his legacy would never be repairable. It would have been even worse had the team blown a 26 point lead in the last 10 minutes of Game 6. Alas, in spite of the fact that New York tried its hardest to give away that game, it was able to fend off its Atlantic Division foes and close out the opening round series once and for all. Melo only scored 21, and he had another horrid shooting day going just 7-of-23, and now, he is shooting just over 38 percent from the floor for the playoffs. As we suspected, when Melo and G JR Smith (who also shot 38% for the series) started getting shot happy and took all sorts of horrid shots, only bad things were happening for the Knicks. That theme will remain true in this series if this is what it really comes to.
That being said, the Knicks are really the better of these two teams. If Indiana was playing with a bit more confidence, perhaps we would feel a little differently. However, for the time being, New York is the team that we are going to want to back, especially laying such a short point spread. Remember that the Pacers were beaten by double digits in both of their visits to the Garden this year, and this might be another double digit loss. New York 89 – Indiana 77