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The New York Knicks are set to host the red-hot Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Pacers fueled by defense
Through the first half of the season, the Indiana Pacers have been off to a blazing start. This has seen them push their way up toward holding one of the top marks in the Eastern Conference. This has featured them having much-balanced play on both ends of the floor that is has been led by their stellar defense that is arguably the top of the league. At this point in the season, the Pacers currently allow the second-fewest points this season at 103.1 per game. Meanwhile, Indiana is 12-1 this season when limiting opponents to 97 or fewer points. Their defense has been quite stout that has been their calling card over the last couple of years. They have already held three opponents to under 40 percent shooting this season. The Pacers have held only six opponents to under 40 percent shooting with a season-low of 37.5 percent. They have recorded the best record in the NBA in the month of December with a 12-3 mark. This saw all of their wins came by six or more points and by an average of 13.5 points per game, while its three losses came by a combined total of five points combined.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 10, 2019
This has also seen them have some consistency offensively this season behind their balanced play offensively. The Pacers are 17-1 when scoring 110 or more points and 15-2 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. This has seen them shoot 50 percent or better from the field in six of the past nine contests. It has also seen them record at least 30 assists in 10 games this season where they hold an 8-2 record, which they have already passed the eight such performance from last year. Indiana has had 21 games where they have at least players score in double figures, which is the most in NBA. Indiana is 16-5 this season when six or more players score 10 or more points. They have also had much success against the Eastern Conference holding a 21-7 record while being 10-5 on the road against them. The Pacers have been led by All-Star point guard Victor Oladipo averages 19.9 points per game. Their balanced play along with their stellar play defensively should lead to them to a comfortable win on the road.
Knicks struggles mounting
The Knicks have struggled to find any level of consistency this season currently holding one of the worst leagues in the Eastern Conference. This as seen them continue to fall south having dropped nine out of the last 10 games that have pushed them further south this year. They have had plenty of issues on both ends of the floor in the process that has further pushed them south as the year has worn. This has seen them have many major issues defensively ranking as one of the worst teams in the league on that end of the floor. The Knicks are currently 27th in the league giving up 115.8 points per game along with being 28th allowing opponents to shoot 47.8 percent from the floor, tied for 21st with 36.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc, and 29th with opponents averaging 26.3 assists per contest. Meanwhile, opponents are tied for the third-lowest assist/turnover ratio at 1.48 per contest.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 9, 2019
The Knicks have had plenty of difficulties offensively ranking as one of the least productive teams in the NBA. This has seen them rank 23rd in the league with 107.4 points per contest while being last shooting 43.0 percent from the floor and tied for 22nd shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc. Their struggles on that end of the floor have only further put them in a hole this year. This has overshadowed the production from their young core group. In the last 14 games played rookie forward Kevin Knox is averaging 17.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. Meanwhile, point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is posting team-best numbers with 16.7 points and 5.5 assists in the last 19 games. Over the last nine games, big man Noah Vonleh is averaging 10.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. If the Knicks hope to grab a win at home over the Pacers it will need their defense to step it up against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
- Knicks are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
- Knicks are 0-6 ATS in their last six home games.
- Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last four against Eastern Conference opponents.
- Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games.
- Pacers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
- Pacers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Pacers have been one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference behind their balanced play on both ends of the floor. This has largely been behind their strong play defensively that should present plenty of problems offensively for the Knicks. It should see them put forth a strong effort to push them to a comfortable win.
Prediction: Indiana -8.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Pacers should have their way against the Knicks’ porous player defensively. However, New York has plenty of struggles offensively that should see them have much difficulty on that end of the floor against the Pacers’ stellar defense, which is one of the best in the league. The under is also 6-2 in the last eight meetings in New York.
Prediction: Under 219.5