Pacers @ Knicks: Indiana, New York face off at MSG with both teams headed in different directions
Pacers @ Knicks NBA odds, spreads and predictions
The Indiana Pacers have won seven of the last 10 games but got trampled on Wednesday night, falling to the Boston Celtics 135-108.
Domantas Sabonis nearly lead the Pacers in each offensive category with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Victor Oladipo had a quiet day, scoring 17 points, while Thaddeus Young posted 10 points and eight rebounds.
Following Wednesday's loss, the Pacers moved to 27-14 on the season and hold a narrow edge of a three seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers offense has struggled, but have been held afloat by a stout defense which ranks second best in the NBA allowing (103.1 ppg).
When is it? Friday January 11th
What time is tip off? 7:30 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Madison Square Garden
Which channel is it on? ESPN
The New York Knicks look to be poised for a top pick in the upcoming NBA draft after losing nine of the last 10 games.
New York (10-31) fell to the Golden State Warriors 122-95 and found most of their production from the bench.
The Knicks bench combined for 52 points lead by Mario Hezonja's team-high 19 points, and Enes Kanter's fourth consecutive double-double. Kanter had 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Rookie Kevin Knox played a team-high 32 minutes, but had a rough outing scoring 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
Team leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. also had a forgettable night with 13 points and three rebounds.
Pacers @ Knicks Spread
Indiana is giving New York 8.5 points in this matchup.
The Pacers offense lacks fire power, but they'll be going against a Knicks defense that can barely stop anyone.
New York allows 115.8 ppg which is fourth worst in the NBA.
Despite the holes in the Knicks defense, I expect Hardaway Jr. to have a big game against his former team and New York to keep this game within reach.
Take the Knicks with the points
Pacers @ Knicks Moneyline
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Pacers @ Knicks Over/Under
The over/under for this matchup is set at 220 points.
Final score prediction: Indiana Pacers 112, New York Knicks 109
Take the over in this game.
Where the game will be won or lost
New York and Indiana squared off on December 16th with the Pacers coming out on top 110-99.
In that matchup, Kanter had a monster game for the Knicks with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
The Knicks will have to grind out points against a tough Pacers defense and that starts with Kanter and Noah Vonleh dominating the offensive boards.
For Indiana, Oladipo dropped 26 points and had seven assists, while Sabonis had a double-double in that early December matchup.
The Pacers will need Oladipo and Sabonis to have similar performances this time around.