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NBA Betting Prediction: Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Game 1 5/6/2024

Indiana Pacers (47-35) vs. New York Knicks (50-32)

As we embark on the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, fans are treated to an exciting clash between Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Both clubs boast respectable 47-35 season records while Knicks boast 50-32. Set for Monday May 6, 2024 at 7:30 PM ET this game promises to be captivating; watch it live via TNT or stream it through NBA League Pass offered through top sportsbooks!

Indiana Pacers have recently shown an impressive offensive side, scoring an average of 113 points over six games with 47.9% shooting from the field and 34.4% 3-point accuracy; making 14 threes per game! Their offensive rebounding has also been crucial, pulling down over 10.3 offensive boards per contest which may give them second chance points against Knicks opponents.

New York Knicks haven’t fallen far behind, averaging 108.3 points per game while shooting accuracy has fallen slightly (44.1% vs 71%) but excel at defensive rebounding with 31 defensive boards per game and have shown increased defensive presence by averaging 7.2 blocks versus the Pacers’ 4.5 blocks per game; additionally they’ve proven more successful at free throw shooting 72.9% against 71% from their rival team.


Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Game Info

When: Monday, May 6, 2024, at 7:30 PM ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, NY
Stream: NBA League Pass


Pascal Siakam (PF) vs. Jalen Brunson (PG)

Pascal Siakam has emerged as an invaluable weapon for the Indiana Pacers this season, evidenced by his consistent play. Averaging 22.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, Siakam’s influence at both ends of the court makes him a key component to this series – stretching defenses with perimeter shooting while punishing smaller opponents in post. Furthermore, Siakam’s defensive acumen will limit Knicks options inside of their paint area.

Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks has been one of the standout point guards this season, especially during crucial moments, making him one of the highlight performers at point guard position. His scoring average of 35.5 points per game speaks volumes for his role as primary offensive driver for New York. Brunson’s playmaking abilities – 9 assists per game is evidence – enable effective ball movement and create scoring opportunities for his teammates; furthermore his ability to navigate defenses under pressure will be crucial when facing off against Indiana Pacers defensive schemes this time around.

Siakam and Brunson will provide an exciting battle. Siakam’s defensive prowess will come up against Brunson’s aggressive scoring and playmaking abilities; their juxtaposed styles could determine not only the flow of play but also tempo adjustments from coaches as the two face off; additionally, Siakam’s all-around game and Brunson’s offensive mastery may well determine momentum as well as outcomes of series battles.


NBA Odds/Point Spread: Knicks -230, Total Odds: 216.5

Betting lines indicate the Knicks as clear favorites with a moneyline of -230 and point spread of -6; these numbers reflect their impressive finish to the season and home court advantage. Over/Under total is set at 216.5; both teams have displayed trends which could result in high scoring encounter.


Indiana Pacers Betting Trends

The Pacers have had an outstanding recent run, going 4-1 straight up and covering the spread in three of their last five matches, notching high scoring contests with four totaling more than 100 total points; perhaps this trend can help influence betting towards expecting higher total scores overall.


New York Knicks Betting Trends

Knicks’ recent victories and covers has also coincided with high score totals; three games had their total going OVER; the defensive strength could play an instrumental role here against Pacers aggressive offensive play. Like Pacers games, recent Knicks games also tend towards high scores with all five going OVER their respective totals.


Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks 5/6/24 Betting Picks

Given their strong home record and current form, the Knicks are considered favorites to win Game 1. But due to Indiana Pacers’ ability to score from outside, bettors might find value betting with them using points as insurance.

With regard to prop bets and over/under, considering both teams’ recent performances, betting on the over seems likely. Both have recently participated in high scoring matches which makes betting on an OVER an attractive proposition.

Prediction: New York Knicks will use home court advantage and Jalen Brunson’s outstanding form to win in what will likely be an intensely competitive contest. Bettors should consider this matchup for expert NBA Eastern Conference picks.


Free Pick and Prediction: New York Knicks 112, Indiana Pacers 107.

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