New York (17-14) has dropped two straight games and is 24 hours removed from a 117-108 road loss to the Magic. A poor second quarter put the Knicks behind the eight-ball and they were not able to catch back up for the rest of the evening. Meanwhile, Indiana (16-14) returns home after taking out the Bulls in a 120-104 victory on Thursday. Tyrese Haliburton had himself a cool stat line with 21 points, 20 assists, and no turnovers in the win.
On the injury front, Quentin Grimes (non-COVID illness) is questionable for the Knicks. For the Pacers, Bruce Brown (knee) will miss his fourth straight game while Isaiah Jackson (finger) is questionable.
Indiana enters the game as a 4.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, accompanied by 248.5 total. The Pacers are listed as a -180 moneyline favorite, making the Knicks a +150 underdog.
Knicks vs. Pacers, 7 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Pacers -4.5
New York is understandably going to be in a weird transition period just hours after trading two significant contributors. The team will have be tweaking its lineups/rotations on the fly and on principle, I’ll take the Pacers to cover as the home favorite here.
Over/Under: Under 248.5
Indiana is the most over-friendly team in the league with an O/U record at 20-9-2 heading into tonight’s game. However, 248.5 may be a bit much for a game featuring a team that is undergoing a huge lineup shift. I’ll play it safe and lean towards the under.