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Knicks vs. Pacers: Preview, Predictions and Betting Picks

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New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers 2021-22 NBA Season Preview, Predictions and Picks
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On Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, the New York Knicks (5-2) are playing the Indiana Pacers (2-6) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Till now, the Knicks are 4-3 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, whereas the Pacers are 3-5 against the spread. BetUS odds are available below.

Game Information

Start time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Indiana

TV channels: MSG, NBA League Pass

Radio broadcast: WFNI-FM/AM, WEPN

Live stream: fuboTV (seven-day free trial)

ESPN’s Basketball Power Index: Knicks have a 51.5% chance of winning

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New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers news

According to Land of Basketball’s database, based on 184 regular season games played against one another, New York is 94-90 all-time against Indiana. Heading into tonight’s intraconference matchup, the Knicks are 2-1 in their previous three head-to-head meetings versus the Pacers. On Feb. 27, 2021, the last time these teams faced off, the Knicks won 110-107 at home. However, Indiana is 7-3 in the team’s past 10 games played head-to-head versus New York.

Besides reviewing records and betting statistics, one interesting story NBA spectators might have read about today is the Knicks honoring Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Bob McAdoo and Peter DeBusschere at Madison Square Garden. Peter was there to honor his father, Dave DeBusschere. The players were all selected to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.

Injury Report

Additionally, for the Knicks, centers Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel are listed as questionable to play in tonight’s matchup. Gibson is still recovering from an ankle injury, while Noel’s ankle issue continues to linger. Noel has yet to play a regular season game this season.

Besides the Knicks’ few notable problems, for the Pacers, small forward Jeremy Lamb was downgraded to out against New York. Point guard Malcolm Brogdon was upgraded to probable. To add to the list, forwards T.J. Warren and Isaiah Jackson remain out indefinitely.

New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers betting lines

Knicks vs Pacers 2021-22 NBA Season Injury Report, Preview, Predictions and Picks

Over/Under: 217

Point spread: Pacers -1 (-110)

Best moneyline: Knicks +140, Pacers -160

New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers preview

Furthermore, on Monday, in the Knicks’ 113-104 home loss against the Raptors, forward RJ Barrett scored a team-high 27 points in 39 minutes played. Forward Julius Randle ended his performance with 22 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 37 minutes of action, too. New York was outscored 38 to 22 in the third quarter. Though, they did outscore the Pacers 34 to 26 in the opening quarter. This loss snapped their three-game winning streak.

In addition to their disappointing defensive effort, they shot 43-for-99 (43.4%) from the field and 14-for-42 (33.3%) from three-point range. Not to mention, they surrendered a 15-point first-half lead. Nevertheless, the Knicks’ 5-2 start is the team’s best record to begin the regular season since the 2012-13 season. They are still 3-0 away.

Meanwhile, in the Pacers’ surprising 131-118 home victory over the Spurs on Monday, forward Domantas Sabonis led his team in point and rebounds, amassing 24 points and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes spent on the court. Plus, center Myles Turner contributed 19 points and 8.0 rebounds in 24 minutes played. Their win snapped the team’s four-game losing streak.

On top of outscoring the Spurs 62 to 50 in the paint, their short-range shooting accuracy was on point. They shot 52-for-91 (57.1%) from the floor and 18-for-38 (47.4%) from behind the arc. Similar to the Knicks, the Pacers’ glaring issue is their slacking, humdrum defense. They are now 2-2 at home and 0-4 on the road.

Lastly, the Knicks’ projected starting lineup is PG Kemba Walker, SG Evan Fournier, SF RJ Barrett, PF Julius Randle and C Mitchell Robinson. On the other side, the Pacers’ projected starting lineup is PG Malcolm Brogdon, SG Caris LeVert, SF Chris Duarte, PF Domantas Sabonis and C Myles Turner.

New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers prediction

Moreover, the total for tonight’s Eastern Conference game is set at 217. Referencing the spread consensus, approximately 76% of bettors are predicting the Knicks will cover the spread. This is a logical expectation. Regarding the point total consensus, 61% of gamblers are anticipating the total will go over 217. Thus far, New York is 4-2 as a selected favorite and 1-0 as an underdog this season, while Indiana is 1-3 as a favorite and 1-3 as an underdog. The Pacers remain winless on the road.

For key betting trends, the Knicks are 5-2 straight up in their last seven games played. They are also 5-2 ATS in their past seven performances against Indiana. The total has gone over in five of the team’s previous seven contests as well. To add to these betting statistics, the Knicks are 3-17 SU in their last 20 games played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, and they are 0-6 SU in their past six games played in November.

As for the Pacers, they are 3-6 ATS in their previous nine performances. The total has gone over in nine of Indiana’s last 13 games, too. Also, they are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 home games. And, the team is 4-12 ATS in their previous 16 contests played versus Atlantic Division opponents.

New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers betting pick

Pick the Pacers to win, the Knicks will cover the spread and the total will go over 217. Indiana is a one-point favorite with BetUS.

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