Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks - 12/7/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana -6.5
Madison Square Garden is the site where Julius Randle and the New York Knicks (4-18, 5th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Indiana Pacers (14-7, 2nd in the Central Division) on Saturday. The spread on this matchup has Indiana as 6.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 205.5.
The Pacers cover the spread 60.0% of the time, having gone 12-8-1 ATS. New York is covering the spread 45.5% of the time, going 10-12-0 against the spread.
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
12/5/2019 Victor Oladipo SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Dec 15
12/4/2019 JaKarr Sampson SF Back Game Time Decision
Key New York Knicks Injuries
12/5/2019 Damyean Dotson SG Finger Game Time Decision
11/13/2019 Reggie Bullock SG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 20
Domantas Sabonis comes into this game averaging 18.4 points per contest while playing 34.2 minutes per night this year. He grabs 13.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.7 assists per game. His FG percentage is 52% while his free throw percentage is 80%. Malcolm Brogdon averages 18.9 points per contest in 31.8 minutes per game. He averages 7.9 assists per game and 4.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% for the season while his free throw percentage is 94%.
Julius Randle scores 16.8 points per contest while playing 31.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 8.5 rebounds per contest and has 3.5 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 66%. Marcus Morris averages 18.3 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.7 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.0 rebounds per game and has 1.3 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana averages 109.9 points per contest, which is 16th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 5.5 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 4th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 8th in the NBA. They average 44.7 boards per contest and 24.8 assists per game, which ranks them 19th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 24th with 14.0 per game. The Pacers allow 104.4 points per contest, which is 5th in the NBA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 10th and 12th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.2 rebounds a game which ranks 5th, and they allow 22.5 assists per game which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
New York is 30th in the NBA with 100.5 points per contest this season. They are 30th in the league in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is -10.77. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 15th in the league. They are 20th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.1 boards per contest and 30th in assists per game with 19.8. The Knicks are 17th in turnovers per contest with 15.1. The Knicks give up 111.3 points per game, which ranks them 17th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 20th and 29th in those defensive statistics. They rank 16th with 24.0 dimes allowed per game and 17th with 45.8 boards surrendered per contest. The Knicks are 12th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.9 per contest this year.
The Pacers are 12th in the league in defensive rating with 104.5, and their offensive rating of 110 is ranked 9th. They are 24th in the NBA in pace with 98.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 12th. As a unit they are 15th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shot attempts, ranking 29th in the NBA. Indiana is 22nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 21st in the NBA.
New York is 15th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 5th in the NBA. The Knicks are 30th in the league in defensive rating with 113.7, and their offensive rating of 102.7 is ranked 23rd. They are 28th in the NBA in pace with 97.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 48% is 29th. As a unit they are 30th in the league in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 23rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Pacers/Knicks NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York +6.5
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