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Jalen Brunson Game 7 Pacers vs Knicks Props

The New York Knicks have dealt with multiple injury setbacks this season, yet they head into Sunday’s Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers one win away from the Eastern Conference finals. The team’s NBA Finals odds are where they’re at for a lot of reasons, but the biggest is the play of All-Star guard Jalen Brunson. Click here for the latest Indiana vs New York NBA Playoff player props.

The 27-year-old has already become a Knicks legend for his play this postseason, and he can add to that by leading the franchise to their first Eastern Conference finals appearance since 2000. Brunson has been the leader for this hard-nosed group all season long, and his performance on Sunday will determine if New York remains alive.

Jalen Brunson Game 7 Pacers vs Knicks Props
The Knicks need Jalen Brunson #11 to go off in Game 7. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Can he deal with the intense pressure of a Game 7, as well as the defensive attention that will be brought by the Pacers? Let’s take a closer look at his odds of extending his team’s season and growing his legend.

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Jalen Brunson is a Constant Scoring Threat

With All-Star forward Julius Randle and his 24.0 points per game out of the Knicks’ lineup since January, Brunson has had to step forward and become even more of a scoring threat for the team. He ranked fourth in the league in scoring during the regular season, averaging 28.7 points, and he’s upped that production in the playoffs, leading the league with 33.7 points per contest.

He had 44 points in the Knicks’ Game 5 win, ending a two-game losing streak in the series, and he’ll need that same kind of production on Sunday. The NBA playoff odds for his scoring output in Game 7 doesn’t favor that happening, with his over/under of 35½ points having better odds for the under (-122 to -107).

Indiana has been rotating defenders on Brunson throughout the series, trying to wear him down with full-court pressure and physical play.

“They adjusted. They tried to make things difficult. And I have to adjust as well,” Brunson said after the Game 6 loss. “They showed me different looks and I have to do a better job of reading it. I just can’t be what I was for the first 40 minutes of the game.”

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Jalen Brunson Assist Machine

Brunson has also been the Knicks’ top assist man throughout the 2023-24 campaign and the postseason. He’s averaging 7.3 assists in the playoffs, which is down after he had just five in the Game 6 loss.

It doesn’t help that the Knicks’ lineup has been ever changing. Forward OG Anunoby hasn’t played since Game 2 due to a hamstring injury, and his status for Sunday is unknown.

Another key to the Knicks’ success, guard Josh Hart, was limited in Game 6 due to an abdominal injury. He played just 31 minutes due to the injury and definitely wasn’t himself when he was on the court.

Having players like Hart, Donte DiVincenzo and Miles McBride making shots when he passes the ball to them will only help Brunson find his own offense. When his teammates struggle, Brunson faces even more pressure from the Pacers, so he has to find a way to get them open looks that they can knock down.

Can Knicks’ Run Continue?

Despite being the second seed in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks have the second-worst odds to win the NBA title this season. New York is +2800 to win the championship, with only the Pacers holding longer odds at +6500.

Just to advance to the NBA Finals is a long shot for the Knicks according to the Las Vegas NBA odds. The Boston Celtics are the favorite at -1000, while New York has +850 odds to beat the Pacers on Sunday and defeat the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals.

What is interesting is Brunson’s NBA Finals MVP odds, which rank seventh among all players remaining in the postseason. Brunson is +2800 to win the award. He trails a trio of Celtics (Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White), as well as some Western Conference All-Stars in Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic and Anthony Edwards.

The first step, however, is beating the Pacers on Sunday. If Brunson can have a big game in a New York victory, he’ll elevate his status among Knicks playoff greats immediately, with a chance to add to that legend in another playoff round.

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