NBA Betting? Knicks vs Pacers Predictions
Thursday night NBA betting action sees the New York Knicks taking on the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides free NBA basketball handicapping tips all season long.
The Knicks continue to look like the team they were thought to be at the beginning of the season.
NBA Basketball Odds
New York Knicks (9-37) vs. Indiana Pacers (16-31)
Thursday, Jan. 29
7:00 PM ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Indiana)
NBA Basketball Betting Lines: Indiana -8
NBA Basketball O/U: 184.5
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Winners of 4 of their last 5, New York looks to continue their surge as they hit the road for a contest with the Indiana Pacers. Indiana has dropped 3 straight at home and come in off a 13 point loss to Toronto.
The New York Knicks are playing some unorthodox basketball. By unorthodox, they are actually winning games. After dropping 16 straight, the Knicks have won 4 of 5 and come off their most impressive win of the season against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in the dominating performance.
While the Knicks are getting contributions from Carmelo Anthony, as expected, they’re getting help from some other unlikely candidates. Langston Galloway and Tim Hardaway Jr. have also stepped for New York.
Langston Galloway is averaging 12.8 points per game and dropped in 18 against Oklahoma City.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is scoring 11.4 points a game and is a lethal threat from behind the arc. Hardaway Jr. had 14 points and grabbed 2 rebounds last time out.
The Knicks can use this time to focus on building some younger players up and help give Carmelo Anthony confidence that the team is heading in the right direction.
At 16-31, saying the Pacers are in the playoff race would sound a bit ridiculous. That however is not the case in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are struggling, but sit just 3.5 off the pace for the 8 seed. If they can get back to playing decent basketball, they have a shot to sneak into the playoff race.
Indiana has dropped 8 of their last 9 and are scoring just 94.9 points a game (26th). Their inconsistency on the offensive end has led to games where they’ve scored 100 points and as low as 71 points during their recent stretch.
A main problem for the Pacers has been the health of George Hill. Hill has battled with a groin injury and has had his minutes limited as of late.
Indiana will hope they have the presence of C.J. Miles, who is questionable after straining his left groin. Miles is averaging 12.4 points a game on the season.
Indiana is just 8-12 at home this season and 7-12-1 ATS in those 20 games.
NBA Basketball Trends:
- Knicks are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 Thursday games.
- Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when their starting 5 players combine for more than 160 minutes of the previous day.
- Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Pacers are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Thursday Night NBA Basketball
This will be the 1st meeting of 4 between the two teams. C Amar’e Stoudemire will miss his 2nd straight game on Thursday.
Free 4* NBA Basketball Pick: Indiana -8
Even though these teams are trending two different ways, Indiana knows they must get back on track and fast.
Indiana 99, New York 85
The Pacers return home and handle business against the Knicks.
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