Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Prediction NBA Picks 5/8/24

New York Knicks (55-34) vs Indiana Pacers (51-39)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Knicks -4.5 / Indiana Pacers +4.5 --- Over/Under: 222 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks meet Wednesday in Game 2 East Second Round NBA Playoffs action at Madison Square Garden. Here’s a Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Prediction.

Indiana Pacers Betting Preview

The Indiana Pacers have another chance to steal home court and even up the series at 1-1. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 113.6 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 21.9 points and 8.4 rebounds, while Myles Turner is averaging 19.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. Tyrese Haliburton is the third double-digit scorer and Andrew Nembhard is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free-throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.

New York Knicks Betting Preview

The NY Knicks look for another win to take a quick 2-0 series lead. The NY Knicks are averaging 110.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson is averaging 36.6 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Josh Hart is averaging 17.9 points and 12.4 rebounds. OG Anunoby is the third double-digit scorer and Donte DiVincenzo is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The NY Knicks are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The NY Knicks are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game.

NY Knicks vs Indiana Pacers Injury Report

The Pacers will remain without Bennedict Mathurin, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury and hasn’t played since March 5. Tyrese Haliburton is questionable with a back issue, and while reports indicate there is some concern, he’s expected to play for game 2 at the time of this posting. Julius Randle and Bojan Bogdanovic are out for the season for the Knicks. Jericho Sims is questionable for New York with a shoulder injury. Also, Mitchell Robinson has been ruled out for game 2 with an ankle injury.

New York Knicks Player Facts

  • Jalen Brunson ranks 4th amongst qualified players for points per game (28.7) this season.
  • Donte DiVincenzo ranks 4th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.5) this season.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • T.J. McConnell ranks 1st amongst qualified Guards for FG% (55.6%) this season.
  • Myles Turner is one of only five qualified players in the league averaging at least 1.5 threes and 1.5 blocks this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Knicks rank 1st in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (12.7).
  • The Knicks rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (76.4%).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (123.3).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.8).

Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Prediction

As I've said before, the Knicks are going to get the benefit of the doubt because they're at home where 30 of their 55 wins have come, and they have arguably the best home court in these playoffs. However, the Pacers could've easily won game 1 outright, and that was with many questionable calls down the stretch going against them. The Knicks were already banged up and played into the ground, and now they're going to be without Mitchell Robinson.

One thing to watch in this series is the Knicks minutes because at some point we could see guys start to break down, and the Pacers play at such a pace, it's only going to make the Knicks' situation worse. Asking Brunson and others to play 40-plus minutes every night and at this tempo, things could start to tilt in the Pacers favor the longer this series goes. The Pacers have covered 4 of the last 5 games against the Knicks. Give me the Pacers and the points.

Randy’s Pick Indiana Pacers +4.5

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