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Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Game 2 Prediction And Betting Odds

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Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Game 2: BETTING TIPS, PREDICTION & BETTING ODDS

After Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semi-finals series, the Indiana Pacers find themselves in familiar territory. Just like in Round 1 vs Milwaukee they’re facing a 1-0 deficit following a 121-117 defeat on Monday at MSG. Indiana actually led going into the 4th quarter, but the inexperience showed late in the game and they just couldn’t hold on. That’s understandable, I still feel like this series is far from over. It’s hard to imagine Tyrese Haliburton playing poorly again as he did in Game 1 where he had just 6 points and 8 assists. The Pacers will also have to make an effort to dominate the boards, that should be slightly easier to do following the news of Mitchell Robinson’s injury. Indy had 32 assists in Game 1, if the offense continues to click like that they’ll be in a good position to take Game 2.

The series opener was your typical Knicks game. Josh Hart played the full 48 minutes and stuffed the stat sheet, the bench contributed with just 3 of the 121 points scored and Jalen Brunson carried the offense with 43 points. It was his 4th straight 40+ point game this postseason, he’s in elite company right now in terms of putting up points. The Knicks will need him to continue putting up big numbers, they’re just too dependent on him carrying the offense. The win was New York’s 10th in their last 12 games and their 6th in the last 8 meetings vs Indiana at Madison Square Garden. After opening as 6.5 point favorites to win Game 2, the number has gone down to 4.5 points following the Robinson injury news.

New York Knicks Point Spread Prediction

Knicks -4.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Despite the rebounding deficiencies, I still like the Knicks here. Jalen Brunson has been special this postseason run, he’s putting up numbers not seen since the days Michael Jordan dominated our game. I’ll take New York to cover one more time before the series moves to Indiana.

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DAL

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MIN

NBA | Thu 05/23, 12:30 AM
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NBA | Fri 05/24, 12:00 AM

Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Game 1 Total Points: Under 222.5

Under 222.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

An increase of more than 5 points on the projected total for Game 2 is a direct result of the way the Indiana Pacers approached that series opener. This team simply does not care about defense, all they want to do is push the tempo and outscore the opponent. Because of this the over has cashed 5 times int heir last 6 games and in 9 of their last 11 vs Eastern Conference opponents. The biggest question for me is, how long can the Knicks sustain their effort on offense and keep up with the pace of Indiana. Game 2 is their best option of doing so, before the series heads to Indiana for the next two games. New York ranks just 12th in pace of play this postseason, we’ve seen them hold the 76ers to low scoring games in the 1st Round, while the Pacers’ two games in which they failed to clear the 100 point mark both came on the road vs Milwaukee. I think the defensive intensity goes up big time in Game 2 and as a result we finish under the projected total.

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DAL

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NBA | Thu 05/23, 12:30 AM
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