One night after beating Russell Westbrook and the Thunder at home, the Knicks head on the road, where they'll take on the Pacers tonight. How are the NBA betting odds shaping up?
What kind of NBA odds do we see at the top sportsbooks for tonight's game in Indianapolis? Well, to no one's surprise, the Pacers are favored by eight points in this Eastern Conference clash, as David West and company look to take advantage of a New York squad that's playing its second game in as many nights.
If you're not feeling either one of these teams - and trust me, we get it - consider a play on the total instead. It's the lowest number (184) on the board for Thursday evening.
If you haven't been paying much attention to the Pacers, just know that they're struggling right now. That shouldn't come as much of a surprise when glancing over their overall record (16-31), but Indiana has been even worse than normal as of late, going just 1-7 over their past eight contests.
On Tuesday, the Pacers fell short at home against Toronto, losing 104-91. Indiana got out to a great start in the first quarter but then coughed it all away in the second and then couldn't recover. As a team, Indiana shot 41.5 percent overall, 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the charity stripe. Rodney Stuckey led the way with 22 points and seven boards in the defeat, with David West chipping in with 11 points, eight rebounds and five dimes.
The results haven't been there this season, but with Frank Vogel on the sidelines, you know you're going to get a good effort out of Indiana most nights. That's more than you can say about tonight's opponent, the New York Knicks.
New York Knicks
Don't look now, but the Knicks are playing pretty good basketball. Yes, we're serious.
Over the team's last five games, New York has won four times, with the victories coming over the Pelicans, 76ers, Magic and shorthanded Thunder. The one loss came at the hands of Charlotte. Despite the improved form of late, the Knicks have still yet to reach double-digit wins, as they're 9-37 on the year, so let's not get too carried away. Because they're already preparing for next season, you better believe the Knicks are going to be taking things very carefully when it comes to Carmelo Anthony, who should continue to get plenty of rest, especially in back-to-back spots.
The beauty of tanking is that we get to see some less-heralded players get a chance to show their worth. Langston Galloway has taken full advantage of his shot and has earned a contract for the rest of the season as a result, while Jason Smith has really played well with his extended playing time too.
Another ugly game here, as neither team has done much to warrant consideration with our NBA pick. Yes, New York is doing a little better, but they're still the Knicks.
Tonight we feel better about Indiana's chances in this spot, as they'll be at home and will be taking on a Knicks squad that expended a ton of energy in last night's win over the Thunder. Tired legs could be a factor and Indiana should be able to take advantage, especially since they've actually done well defensively and on the glass, two areas where the Knicks have struggled. Unless New York is ready to dig in for another fight, Indiana should be able to pull away before too long.
This matchup is all about who you trust more, and even with New York playing a little better of late, we don't see this as a good situation for them. Back the Pacers to win and cover the sizable spread.
Free NBA Pick: Indiana Pacers -8 at 5Dimes