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Should You Bet The Knicks To Beat The Pacers In Game 7?

A classic playoff series goes to a do-or-die contest for both teams when the Indiana Pacers take on the host New York Knicks in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup on Sunday. The winner of Sunday’s contest advances to the Eastern Conference finals to take on the top-seeded and NBA Finals odds favorite Boston Celtics.

Indiana forced the series to go to its full seven games with a rout of the Knicks in Game 6 on Friday night, 116-103. The Pacers won a road game in their first series of this postseason against the Milwaukee Bucks but have yet to notch a win at Madison Square Garden in this series.

Should You Bet The Knicks To Beat The Pacers In Game 7?
Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket against Isaiah Jackson #22 of the Indiana Pacers. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFP

New York had an overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round but is looking to win its fourth straight at home in this series.

Here’s a look at some NBA odds to consider!

Should You Bet The Knicks To Beat The Pacers In Game 7?

Indiana did win a game at Madison Square Garden in the regular season as part of a 2-1 season-series victory over the Knicks. New York has hosted two Game 7s against the Pacers previously, with the teams each coming away with one win.

  • Game: Indiana Pacers (3-3) vs New York Knicks (3-3)
  • Date/Time: Sunday, May 19, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • Live Stream: ABC

 

The NBA odds for Game 7 give the Knicks a slight edge, as they’ll be giving two points to the Pacers. If you’re going to bet on the moneyline, you can get New York at -130 and Indiana at +110.

The over/under for the final game of the series is set at 208½ points, with -110 odds on both sides of the wager.

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  • Indiana is 2-8 straight-up in its last 10 games when playing on the road against New York.
  • The Knicks are 6-3 ATS in their last nine games played in May.
  • The total has gone over in 12 of the Pacers’ last 17 games.
  • The total has gone over in 11 of New York’s last 14 games when playing as the favorite.
  • New York is 8-1 straight-up in its last nine games at home.

Pacers’ Pressure Pushes Pace

Indiana has been one of the more uptempo teams in the NBA all season, and the team’s success in this series has been when it’s been able to pressure the Knicks and dominate in the paint. Game 6 was an example of how good the Pacers can be when they do that, as they picked New York up full court throughout the game and had a 24-point advantage in points in the paint.

“Coaches challenged our effort, I think that was the biggest thing,” Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton said after the win. “We had some boneheaded things happen (in Game 5). (Head coach Rick Carlisle) just really challenged our group (players) 1-15 on how can we be better.”

Haliburton is a prime example of the difference in the Pacers’ aggressiveness. The All-Star guard can often look to pass and not try to find his own shot at times, but Indiana is better when he’s looking to score as well as set up his teammates. In Game 6, Haliburton had 15 points and nine assists, turning the ball over just once.

Indiana also got big games from its two big men, Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner, going against a smaller Knicks front line. Siakam finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Turner went for 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. With New York dealing with multiple injuries to its frontcourt, the Pacers must be aggressive getting to the paint again in Game 7.

Indiana also has an advantage off the bench, with guard T.J. McConnell and forward Obi Toppin leading the charge. McConnell was very aggressive in looking for his shot as well in Game 6, finishing with 15 points and four assists, while Toppin added 11 points and four rebounds.

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Injuries Continue To Pile Up For Knicks

The Knicks have been playing shorthanded throughout the postseason, from All-Star forward Julius Randle being out since January to frontcourt players Mitchell Robinson and OG Anunoby being lost in this series. One of the constants for New York has been guard Josh Hart, who is fourth in the postseason with 11.8 rebounds and averaging 42.6 minutes per contest.

But the Game 6 loss was bad for New York in a couple ways, as Hart was plagued by abdominal pain throughout and played just 31 minutes, finishing with five points, eight rebounds and three assists. He went to the locker room in the fourth quarter, and his status for Game 7 is uncertain, except for his teammates.

“Knowing him, he’ll do whatever to play,” Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein said. “If his leg’s not falling off, he’ll do whatever to play.”

Hart has helped the smaller Knicks contend on the boards against the Pacers, and if he’s limited or unable to go, that will be a big disadvantage for New York.

However, the chances of New York winning Game 7 and advancing rely mostly on guard Jalen Brunson. The leading scorer in the playoffs at 33.7 points per game is the heart of the Knicks, though he’s dealing with a lot of physical defense from multiple Pacers defenders in this series. Despite that, he had 44 points and seven rebounds in the team’s Game 5 win, and he had 31 points in the Game 6 loss.

Brunson must come up with a memorable performance on Sunday to push his team to the next round, dealing with the defensive attention the Pacers will be throwing at him throughout.

I Am Betting The Knicks Pull Out Game 7 Win

This series has been back and forth, with the home team coming out on top in each game. Madison Square Garden is going to be raucous throughout Sunday’s contest, and that’s going to be the push that the Knicks need.

Indiana hasn’t been the same team when playing in New York, and though it will put up a good fight, it will fall again on the road. When making your NBA picks for this deciding Game 7, go with the Knicks to come out on top.

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