The New York Knicks take on the Indiana Pacers in Madison Square Garden tonight on the back-end of two blowout losses.
Both of those losses came without Julius Randle or Kemba Walker available to play, and they’ll again be without the two stars during tonight’s contest.
Granted, health and safety protocols are also hindering the Pacers as Indiana looks to be without Malcolm Brogdon, Chris Duarte, and potential trade target Caris LeVert, but is that enough to consider the lowly Knicks the favorites?
- Pacers +1.5 (-110)
- Knicks: -1.5 (-110)
- Pacers: +100
- Knicks: -120
- 208 (Over -110/Under -110)
The Knicks are 3 games ahead of the Pacers on the season, so at face value, you’d think the Knicks should have an easier time with them tonight.
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The problem is that Indiana has some kind of personal vendetta against the Knicks and they play some of their best basketball against them.
Both games the Knicks have played against them on the road have been blowout victories for Indiana, but the one game they’ve played at The Garden so far this year was a nice little win for the Knicks with a final score of 92-84.
I’m curious to see if the home and away trend continues tonight.
The Knicks are 16 and 21 against the spread, but with a current line of just -1.5, the spread likely won’t mean very much for the winner or loser of tonight’s game.
In their 3 previous games this season, the winner of each contest beat their opponent by a margin of over 10 points.
Indiana has been just ‘okay’ at covering their spreads with a record of 18 and 18 on the year.
Both the Knicks and the Pacers are heavy ‘Under’ teams this year, with the Knicks hitting ‘Under 56.8% of the time while the Pacers do so 54.1% of the time.
If you can catch the O/U at the 208 it had started at this morning, grab it because it’s on its way down at the time this is being written.
Final Verdict: I’m not even going to mess with the spread here as it’s too close to call.
I think Vegas is goating us to take the Pacers at +100 here, even though 77% of the public is on the Knicks -120.
I’m sticking with my guy and taking Knicks -120 and parlaying that with the Under, as 84% of the public thinks it’s going the other way.