NBA Picks: Knicks vs. Pacers

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:52 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 12:52 PM GMT

The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers have played two defensive battles during the 2012-13 NBA season, as they prepare to meet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Where are we looking to place our NBA picks in this matchup?


Let’s take a closer look at the betting line for this Eastern Conference matchup, which is expected to tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The betting lines have been slow to come out, but keep a watch on our NBA odds page for up-to-date betting lines form the top online sportsbooks.

[gameodds]5/218899/43/us[/gameodds]

Needed the break

New York dropped three of its four games heading into the All-Star break, including a 92-88 setback to the Toronto Raptors as eight-point home favorites a week ago, while going UNDER the total for the third time in that span.

The Knicks are 9-4 straight up and against the spread (ATS) when playing with three or more days rest the last two-plus seasons. 

Defense 

Indiana went into the break leading the league in both field-goal defense (41.7 percent) and opponents’ scoring average (89.9), which has led directly to a 32-21 overall record. 

The Pacers have gone UNDER the total in 31 of their 53 games this season, while they’ve limited foes to 88.2 points per game at this facility.

Carmelo 

NBA handicappers need to be aware that Knicks star Carmelo Anthony missed the last meeting in this series due to serving a one-game suspension, which resulted in a 81-76 defeat as 5.5-point road underdogs Jan. 10. New York earned a 12-point victory in the first meeting as seven-point home favorites, as he finished with 26 points and nine rebounds.

Anthony is averaging 28.6 points per game this season, but his 22.1 field-goal attempts per game are the most in the NBA.

Home-court advantage

Over the last two-plus seasons, Indiana has compiled a 72-36 home record (56-51-1 ATS), which includes a 21-5 mark this season. The Pacers have won 13 of 16 games in front of their home crowd when facing off against conference rivals. 

It’s important to note that the franchise is 2-6 ATS in its last eight home games in this series, with the UNDER cashing in five of the last seven in that situation.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports picks Wednesday night, as the Pacers lead the league in allowing just 5.17 3-point makes per game, which will limit the Knicks on the perimeter. The UNDER is also 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall in this series.

NBA Pick: Under 187 at BetOnline
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