Knicks vs Pacers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/30/23

Indiana Pacers (16-15) vs New York Knicks (17-13)

Game Info: Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 246.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday night. Here’s a Knicks vs Pacers Prediction.

New York Knicks

The New York Knicks have been in a rut as they've lost three of their past four games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting beaten by the Magic in a 117-108 road defeat last night. Julius Randle led the team with 38 points, 12 rebounds and six assists on 16 of 25 shooting, Jalen Brunson added 20 points with eight assists while RJ Barrett chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Knicks shot 44 percent from the field and six of 30 from the 3-point line, but they were always playing from behind in this one after scoring just 15 points in a nightmare of a second quarter. In fact, the Knicks trailed in this one by as many as 20 points before they made a late rally to keep the margin to single digits in the end. The Knicks will play against the Timberwolves after this one.

Indiana Pacers

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in poor form as they've lost seven of their last 11 games overall, but they will be aiming for a third straight win after blowing past the Bulls in a 120-104 road win on Thursday. Myles Turner led the team with 24 points, six rebounds and three blocks, Tyrese Haliburton added 21 points with 20 assists while Buddy Hield chipped in with 19 points off the bench. As a team, the Pacers shot 50 percent from the field and 19 of 42 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 37 points in the first quarter to jump out in front, but they couldn't put the Bulls away until the fourth quarter where they poured in another 35 points to make it a blowout.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (12.4) this season.
  • Myles Turner ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (2.2) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (126.1).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.5).
  • The Knicks ranks 1st in the league for rebound percentage this season (52.3%).
  • The Knicks rank 29th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.4).

Knicks vs Pacers Prediction

The Knicks have cooled off a bit lately and they are playing this one on zero days' rest after last night's tough loss to the Magic, while the Pacers are coming into this one fresh off a much-needed blowout win over the Bulls. It's hard to split these two teams at the moment as both teams have been struggling, but the Pacers looked great in their last game, especially Haliburton who racked up 20 assists. This should be a close one, but I'll lean towards the Pacers to get the job done at home.

 

Peter’s Pick Indiana -3.5

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