The Pacers and Knicks are set for game two of their first-round series, with the Knicks holding a 1-0 lead. Tip-off is at 8:00 PM ET from Madison Square Garden in New York. TNT is the place to watch this game on TV. The Knicks are favored by 4.5 points and are -187 on the money line. The Pacers are +155, and the over/under line is 222.5 points.


The Pick: Indiana Pacers +4.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, May 8th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 114-110 in favor of the Pacers.
  • Our projections have Pascal Siakam finishing with Pascal Siakam points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pacers finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.1% and knocking down 13 threes.

The Knicks came out on top in the most recent game of this series, picking up a 121-117 win at home. New York was favored by six points in this game, so the Pacers covered the spread as six-point underdogs. Heading into the 4th quarter, the Pacers were up 87-82. The game also surpassed the over/under line of 217.5 points by 20.5 points.

Jalen Brunson had a huge game for the Knicks, scoring 43 points, dishing out 6 assists, and grabbing 6 rebounds. Donte DiVincenzo also had a big game for New York, knocking down five threes and finishing with 25 points. The Pacers were led by Myles Turner, who had 23 points. Indiana shot 52.3% from the field and knocked down 10 threes, while the Knicks shot 47.8% from three.

Is a Road Win Possible for Indiana?

In Pacers games this season, the average over/under line is 239.6, which is higher than today's line of 222.5. The team's games have averaged 242.1 points per game.

Indiana has gone 48-41 on the over/under this season, and the over has hit in their last two games. Today, they are 2-0 against the spread on the over.

In their most recent game against the Knicks, the Pacers lost by a score of 121-117. They were 6-point underdogs going into the game. The O/U line for that game was 217.5.

The Pacers are 22-19 as the underdog this season and have an ATS record of 25-14 as the underdog. As the underdog, they have gone 23-25 against the spread.

Indiana's record this season is 47-35, which is good for 6th place in the Eastern Conference. Against the East, they are 32-20 and 11-6 against their division.

Indiana's ATS record on the road is 24-20, and they are 22-23 straight up on the road. Currently, they are 16th in the Eastern Conference.

Indiana is averaging 123.3 points per game this season, which is the best mark in the league. Their scoring average on the road is 119.8 points per contest. The Pacers are also the top team in field goal percentage, hitting 50% of their shots this season. In terms of two-point field goal percentage, they are also the best in the league, at 58%.

Myles Turner has averaged 19.8 points per game in his last five games on 50.7% shooting. In these games, he hit 2.8 threes per game. Over his last five games, Tyrese Haliburton has averaged 8.8 assists and 16.2 points. For the season, he is averaging 20.1 points and 10.9 assists. Pascal Siakam is averaging 16 points and 4.4 assists this season and 16 points per game while shooting 34.6% from three in his last five games.

So far this season, the Pacers have the 27th ranked defense in the league, allowing 119.6 points per game. They are also 28th in rebounds per game and 8th in blocked shots per game.

Indiana has been able to limit their opponents' three-point shooting, as they are 1st in three-pointers made and attempted per game allowed. Overall, the Pacers are 28th in field goal percentage allowed.

One area where they have struggled is sending their opponents to the free-throw line, as they are 30th in made free throws allowed per game.

Taking a Look at the Knicks Chances at Home

In their most recent game, the Knicks defeated the Pacers by a score of 121-117. This win improved their overall record to 50-32, which is currently 2nd in the Eastern Conference.

As the favorite, the Knicks have a record of 39-12 this season and are favored by 4.5 points in today's game. On average, they have outscored their opponents by 9.2 points per game when favored.

New York's ATS record for the season is 48-40, and they have failed to cover the spread in their last three home games. At home, they are 23-22 ATS compared to 25-18 on the road.

The Knicks have an O/U record of 41-47-1 for the season, and the over has hit in their last three games. This year, their games have averaged 220.9 points per game compared to today's O/U line of 222.5.

Overall, the Knicks have gone 29-21 vs. the Eastern Conference and 12-5 against other teams in the Atlantic Division. In non-conference games, they are 15-15.

Jalen Brunson has averaged 42 points per game over his last five games on a field goal percentage of 50%. In these games, he also averaged 9.4 assists. Overall, Brunson is averaging 28.7 points and 6.7 assists. Over their last five games, OG Anunoby and Josh Hart are averaging 16.4 points. Anunoby has averaged 8.4 rebounds in this stretch and hit 40% of his threes, while Hart has averaged 11.8 rebounds and 6 assists.

For the season, the Knicks are averaging 112.8 points per game, which is 19th in the league. Their scoring average at home is 111.1 points per contest. In terms of three-point shooting, the Knicks are 10th in the league, at 36%. The Knicks are also 15th in both free throw attempts and makes.

When it comes to defense, the Knicks have been one of the best units in the league this season, ranking 5th overall in points allowed per game at 108.3. At home, they have been even better, giving up just 105.6 points per contest, which is 3rd in the NBA.

Over their last five games, New York has seen a slight dip in defensive efficiency, allowing 112.2 points per game, which is 16th in the league during that span. During this stretch, opponents have shot 39% from beyond the arc, which is 26th in the NBA.

On the season, opposing teams have made 12.6 three-pointers per game against the Knicks, which is 11th in the league. However, for the year, New York has done a good job of keeping opponents off the free-throw line, allowing just 20.1 made free throws per game, which is 5th in the NBA.