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Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks: Game 1 Picks, Odds and Predictions

Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks: Game 1 Picks, Odds and Predictions

NBA Basketball


Sunday, May 5, 2013  3:30 PM  ET
(3) Indiana Pacers at (2) New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The Indiana Pacers face off against the New York Knicksr on Sunday in in Game 1 Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden .Tip off time is scheduled for 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Indiana has lost three straight at New York.

Oddsmakers currently have New York Knicks as 5½-point favorite, with the total at 182.

Trends:
Indiana is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Indiana is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New York
New York is 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games
New York is 3-2  ATS in its last 5 games at home
Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Under is 4-2 in the last 6 meetings .
Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.

Indiana:
Team record: 49-32 SU, 42-39 ATS

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 5 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone OVER in 8 of last 11 games
is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 6 games when playing New York

New York:
Team record: 54-28 SU, 46-35-1 ATS

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of last 5 games at home
is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of last 7 games
is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games
    
The two teams split their regular-season matchups with the home team winning each time. The Pacers have dropped six of their last eight in Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks fought off the hard charging Boston Celtics and expelled more effort in their final game than they did for the first three series wins combined. New York’s star Carmelo Anthony was beat up in games four through six and admitted that he felt beat up and still suffered a sore shoulder going into game one versus Indiana. They do get the first home game in MSG and that will be a big advantage. The Pacers are one of the toughest home teams in the league and the Knicks need to take advantage and get a 1-0 series lead. The Knicks will be facing the Pacers without Amar’e Stoudemire and that will be another hurdle to overcome. Indiana didn’t dominate Atlanta in their first series either. They withstood a furious last minute offensive attack from the Hawks and managed to hold onto the victory. Big man, Roy Hibbert, may have been the team’s MVP in the series as he dominated the boards on defense. David West and George Hill will need to step up in case Paul George continues to be double teamed and covered effectively as he was against Atlanta.

Prediction: Indiana 99, New York 96

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