Knicks vs. Pacers: Eastern Semifinals Game 1 Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – May 6, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on May 3, 2024

The New York Knicks enter Game 1 of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers as 5.5-point favorites. The playoff matchup on Monday starts at 7:30 PM ET on TNT from Madison Square Garden. The over/under for the matchup is set at 217.5 points.

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Knicks vs. Pacers Betting Odds

Favorite Spread Total
Knicks -5.5 217.5

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Injury Report as of May 6

Knicks: Julius Randle: Out (Shoulder), Bojan Bogdanovic: Out (Ankle)

Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin: Out (Shoulder), Tyrese Haliburton: Questionable (Back)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Pacers (+5.5)
Total Pick Over (217.5)

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Knicks vs. Pacers Stat Rankings

Knicks Avg. (Rank) Pacers Avg. (Rank)
112.8 (19th) Points Scored 123.3 (1st)
108.2 (2nd) Points Allowed 120.2 (27th)
45.2 (5th) Rebounds 41.5 (28th)
12.7 (1st) Off. Rebounds 10.1 (19th)
13.2 (10th) 3pt Made 13.2 (10th)
24.4 (29th) Assists 30.8 (1st)
12.2 (8th) Turnovers 12.3 (11th)

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Knicks Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jalen Brunson 77 28.7 3.6 6.7 0.9 0.2 2.7
Donte DiVincenzo 81 15.5 3.7 2.7 1.3 0.4 3.5
OG Anunoby 50 14.7 4.2 2.1 1.4 0.7 2.0
Alec Burks 66 10.4 2.3 1.3 0.4 0.2 1.9
Josh Hart 81 9.4 8.3 4.1 0.9 0.3 1.0

Pacers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Pascal Siakam 80 21.7 7.1 4.3 0.8 0.3 1.1
Tyrese Haliburton 69 20.1 3.9 10.9 1.2 0.7 2.8
Myles Turner 77 17.1 6.9 1.3 0.5 1.9 1.5
Aaron Nesmith 72 12.2 3.8 1.5 0.9 0.7 1.9
Obi Toppin 82 10.3 3.9 1.6 0.6 0.5 1.2

Betting Trends

  • The Knicks have covered the spread 43 times in 82 games.
  • As 5.5-point favorites or more, New York is 16-13-1 against the spread.
  • The Knicks have seen 37 of their 82 games hit the over.
  • New York’s games have had more than 217.5 points scored on 48 occasions this season.
  • The point total average for Knicks games this season is 221.0, 3.5 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
  • The Pacers’ record against the spread is 44-35-3.
  • Indiana is 9-7-1 as a 5.5-point underdog or more.
  • Out of 82 Pacers games so far this season, 42 have gone over the total.
  • Indiana’s games have had over 217.5 points 74 times this season.
  • This season, Pacers games have resulted in an average scoring total of 243.5, which is 26.0 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.

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