Who would have thought that the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks would be fighting for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference at this point in the season?
The Pacers have arguably been the league’s most surprising team, and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games entering this matchup at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks, who blew a 17-point lead in the second half to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, won their first matchup with the Pacers this season.
New York may also get a key player back in the lineup in RJ Barrett, who has missed several games with a finger laceration.
Indiana is showing that it’s for real this season, but can it cover the spread as a road dog on Wednesday night?
Here are the latest odds and a pick for this game:
Pacers vs. Knicks odds, spread and total
Pacers vs. Knicks prediction and pick
The Pacers are tied for the best record against the spread this season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they’ve gone 9-7 ATS as road underdogs this season.
The Knicks, on the other hand, have struggled at home, going 6-8-1 ATS as home favorites and just 10-11 straight up at Madison Square Garden.
When you look at net rating, New York (8th in the NBA) is a better team than Indiana (17th in the NBA), but the Pacers have a massive edge shooting the ball that should keep them in this game.
Indiana ranks fourth in the league in 3-pointers made per game and ninth in 3-point percentage.
The Knicks? Well, they have struggled to shoot the 3-ball, ranking 26th in the league in 3-point percentage.
Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle are both playing at a high level for New York right now, but this is too many points for me to lay with a team that has struggled at home. The Pacers’ strong offense should allow them to at least hang around on Wednesday night.
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