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Bryan Power

(517) Indiana Pacers at (518) New York Knicks

Event:
(517) Indiana Pacers at (518) New York Knicks
Sport/League:
NBA
Date/Time:
May 14, 2024 8PM EDT
Play Rating:
2%
Odds:
-112
Play:
2% – 1H New York Knicks -1.0 (-112)
Result:
Win
Analysis

2% New York 1H (8:00 ET): For the first time, the Knicks find themselves as series underdogs to the Pacers. That flip in pricing comes on the heels of a truly horrific Game 4 effort in Indiana where NY was held to 33.7% shooting overall, including 7 of 37 (18.9%!) from three. I realize there are a LOT of questions about this Knicks team right now, specifically the number of able bodies they can throw at the Pacers, as OG Anunoby (hamstring) is questionable while Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle are of course both out. HC Tom Thibodeau has been running his starters into the ground as Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart are 1-2 in minutes played this postseason (in the entire league) and there’s a big gap between them and #3.

But back at home, I think Game 5 is a GREAT “buy low” spot on the Knicks, so I’m splitting my wager first half/full game (2% each). So far, the Knicks have yet to go into halftime with a lead. But I think that changes here. This is a team that led the league in 1H net rating (+7.8) at home during the regular season. Had Brunson not gotten hurt in Game 2, you have to believe the Knicks would have gone into the break with the lead there. Coming off a humiliating loss like the one they took Sunday, there is no doubt in my mind that the Knicks are going to look to come out strong in Game 5. Indiana has been a below average team in the 1H on the road this season. 2% New York 1H (Play to -2.5)

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