NBA Picks: Pacers vs. Knicks Game 2

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:29 PM GMT

The New York Knicks need star forward Carmelo Anthony to break out of his shooting slump Tuesday night, as they take on the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for Game 2 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET in the Big Apple on TNT.

Momentum 

Indiana clearly carried over its momentum of advancing past the Atlanta Hawks in the quarterfinals in six games, as it captured a 102-95 victory over New York as five-point road underdogs in Game 1 Sunday, while going OVER the total of 181.5. 

The Pacers are 1-4 straight up (SU) and 0-5 against the spread (ATS) when coming off two or more consecutive upset wins as an underdog the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 3-2 in that situation. 

Offensive woes 

New York is the worst offensive team left in the 2013 NBA playoffs from a statistical standpoint, as its averaging 88.7 points per game, with star forward Carmelo Anthony knocking down just 35 of his last 110 shots. 

The Knicks are 7-5 SUATS when revenging a home loss since the start of the regular season, with the OVER going 7-4-1 in those 12 opportunities. 

Pounding the glass 

NBA handicappers will certainly notice that the Pacers finished with a 44-30 rebounding advantage over the Knicks last time out, which played a major part in creating a plus-14 edge in points in the paint. 

Indiana is averaging 48.6 boards per game during the postseason, which happens to be eight more that what New York has managed to pull down in seven playoff games. 

Keep an eye on the number 

It’s very important to keep an eye on the odds before placing your sports picks, as the Knicks are 19-9 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 17-11 in that situation. 

I don’t think the line will move lower in the market despite a good amount of the early action landing on the road underdog.

[gameodds]5/228701/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Knicks as one of their NBA picks Tuesday, as the Pacers are 0-9 ATS in their last nine playoff losses—failing to cover the number by an average of 8.8 points per game. 

NBA Pick:  New York Knicks -5.5 at Bovada

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