Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks 02/21/2020 Odds Picks and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks 02/21/2020 – The Indiana Pacers will step into the Mecca of Basketball aiming to avenge a rare loss to the New York Knicks in their last head-to-head confrontation. The Pacers, who just snapped a six-game losing streak prior to All-Star break, came out as slim 5.5-point favorites across the spread after the opening rounds of NBA betting activity in Las Vegas. The Knicks, though, aren’t pushovers anymore. They have been competitive over the last two months and are poised to give the Pacers another tough fight at Madison Square Garden.
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks 02/21/2020
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks 02/21/2020 Betting Odds
Indiana Pacers Betting
The Indiana Pacers have had a rough campaign in the last two weeks ever since All-Star guard Victor Oladipo returns from injury. Indiana, who was firmly in the top-4 of the Eastern Conference standings, slid down to No.6 after six consecutive losses. Thankfully, a strong performance against the Giannis Antetokounmpo-less Milwaukee Bucks, 118-111, temporarily stopped the bleeding.
Players to Watch: TJ Warren (18.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG and 1.4 APG)
Domantas Sabonis (18.2 PPG, 12.5 RPG, and 4.8APG)
Malcolm Brogdon (16.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG and 7.3 APG)
New York Knicks Betting
After racking up four consecutive victories, the New York Knicks suffered back-to-back losses to the Hawks and the Wizards just before the All-Star break. Still, there’s a positive energy surrounding this team ever since the firing of David Fizdale from his head coaching duties. Marcus Morris might already be gone but Julius Randle is still there to carry the heavy scoring load for the Knicks. Moreover, the progress of their young core comes as the top priority for this team over the next two and a half months of regular-season play.
Players to Watch: Marcus Morris (19.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.4 APG)
Julius Randle (19.3 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 3.2APG)
RJ Barrett (13.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.4 APG)
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks 02/21/2020 Betting Numbers
Indiana are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
New York Knicks
New York are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games.
T.J. Warren PF Back is “?” Friday vs New York
New York Knicks
Wayne Ellington SF Ankle is “?” Friday vs Indiana
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Betting Picks
Believe it or not, the Knicks’ 5-5 record in their last 10 games is better than the Pacers, who are a mediocre 3-7 in their last 10 games. It just shows how the Knicks evolve into a hardworking, competitive unit despite the coaching and personnel changes. As for the Pacers, they are still figuring out ways to acclimatize Victor Oladipo seamlessly into their system. Obviously, it’s been a rough undertaking for one of the top teams in the East.
Moneyline: Bet on the Pacers at -250. Indiana is still going through chemistry problems but I believe the talents on their roster alone would be enough to outlast the Knicks.
ATS: Back the Pacers to cover the spread. So far, a 5.5-point handicap won’t pose any problem for the Pacers, who are eager to score a blowout win after they were stunned by the Knicks just a few weeks ago.
TOTALs: These two teams are in the bottom 10 in terms of points per game. However, I have all the confidence in the world that they can combine for more than just 211 points in this ballgame. My basketball over/under pick is OVER.
Score Prediction: 117 – 105 Pacers