Pacers vs Knicks Prediction Game 6 NBA Picks 5/17

Pacers vs Knicks Prediction Game 6 NBA Picks 5/17

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NBA Playoffs: Knicks vs. Pacers Game 6 Preview and Prediction KingPin Pro

Indianapolis, IN; May 17, 2024, 5:30 p.m. EST

 

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total Moneyline
5:30 PM -5.5 (-110) o215.5 (-110) -210
- +5.5 (-110) u215.5 (-110) +180

Game Overview

The New York Knicks (50-32) will face the Indiana Pacers (47-35) in the sixth game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The game is scheduled for May 17, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. EST at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Pacers are favored to win this matchup, and this preview will analyze team statistics, player performances, injury updates, and provide a final prediction.

The Pacers are looking to bounce back after a tough loss in Game 5 and aim to force a Game 7. Let’s dive into the key elements that could influence the outcome of this contest.

 

Team Statistics

New York Knicks

The Knicks have been led by Jalen Brunson, who is averaging 28.7 points per game with a field goal percentage of 47.9%. Brunson's scoring ability and playmaking (6.7 APG) are critical for New York’s success. Isaiah Hartenstein has also been a key contributor on the boards, averaging 8.3 rebounds per game.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have had a strong season, with standout performances from Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner. Haliburton is averaging 20.1 points per game and leads the team with 10.9 assists per game. Turner’s defensive presence and rebounding (6.9 RPG) are vital for Indiana. The Pacers have a solid home record (26-15) and will look to leverage this advantage.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Injuries could play a significant role in the outcome of this game.

New York Knicks

The Knicks are monitoring the status of OG Anunoby, who is listed as day-to-day. They will also be without Mitchell Robinson, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Julius Randle, which could impact their depth and frontcourt strength.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers are dealing with fewer injuries, with Bennedict Mathurin being the only key player out. This gives Indiana a relatively healthier lineup, which could be a decisive factor in a high-stakes playoff game.

 

Recent Performances

New York Knicks

The Knicks have shown strong form recently, winning three of their last five games against the Pacers. Their most recent victory, a 121-91 win, highlighted their offensive capabilities. Maintaining this momentum will be key for New York as they look to close out the series.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have also performed well, winning two of their last three home games in this series. Their 121-89 win in Game 4 demonstrated their ability to dominate at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. They need a strong performance to extend the series to Game 7.

 

Prediction

Analyzing the factors at play, the Indiana Pacers are favored to win this matchup and cover the -5.5 point spread. Despite their recent loss, the Pacers have dominated the Knicks when playing in Indiana, winning their last two home games by significant margins.

Tyrese Haliburton's playmaking and scoring, combined with Myles Turner's defensive prowess, provide Indiana with a strong foundation. The Pacers’ depth and relatively healthier roster give them an edge over a Knicks team missing key players. Additionally, the home-court advantage cannot be overstated; the Pacers have shown they can effectively leverage this in high-pressure situations.

Considering these factors, our prediction supports the Indiana Pacers to win and cover the -5.5 point spread. The Pacers' dominance at home and the Knicks' injury issues make Indiana the clear favorite in this must-win game.

Pick: Indiana Pacers -5.5

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