Pointspread: New York -4.5
Total Line: 200
The Indiana Pacers will look to extend their current winning streak to three games this Friday night when they square-off against the New York Knicks, who just snapped a six-game skid of their own. Tip-off from Madison Square Garden is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
Indiana is coming off a solid 111-94 victory over Philadelphia this past Wednesday as a one-point home underdog. It is now 25-16 straight-up on the year and 20-21 against the spread. The Pacers still trail Chicago by nine games in the Central Division but hold the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. They are 12-11 both SU and ATS on the road with the total going an even 11-11-1 in the 23 games.
Danny Granger leads Indiana in scoring with an average 18 points a game, but the team remains very well-balanced on offense with six other players averaging nine or more points a game. The strength of this team remains on the defensive side of the ball as it is holding its opponents to an average of 92.2 points a game.
An embattled Mike D’Antoni stepped down as New York’s head coach on Wednesday and the team responded with a dominating 121-79 win over Portland as a six-point home favorite with interim coach Mike Woodson at the helm. The Knicks are now 19-24 both SU and ATS and tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. They are 12-10 SU (11-11 ATS) at home and the total has gone 10-12.
While Linsanity has calmed down a bit with New York’s 2-7 SU record in its last nine games, Jeremy Lin continues to be a force with an average of 14.4 points and seven assists a game during this span. The team is averaging 97.3 points a game, but giving-up an average of 96.1.
The Pacers are 6-3 ATS in their last nine games, but 3-5 ATS in their last eight games on the road. The total has gone ‘over’ in three of their last five games.
The Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games, but 3-1 ATS in their last four home games. The total has gone ‘over’ in their last five games.
This will be the first meeting between the two this season and the series is tied 4-4 both SU and ATS over the past two seasons. Stick with the Knicks at home in this one as the momentum from the recent coaching change carries New York to a second-straight win. The Free NBA Pick: New York 97 Indiana 92
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