Indiana Pacers @ New York Knicks 5/14/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Indiana Pacers (2-2) at New York Knicks (2-2)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 at  8 p.m. EST (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: Knicks -2.5 (-110) - Over/Under (217.5)

Pick: Knicks -2.5 (-110)

The Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks are back in New York City at Madison Square Garden for the fifth game of their second round series. This has been a back-and-forth series throughout the first four games with each team protecting their home court twice and now one team will look to grab a third victory here on Tuesday evening to grab a ton of momentum and put the other team on the brink of elimination. It’ll be the New York Knicks dropping on the road in Indianapolis and for the Indiana Pacers, they will need to figure out a way to win in New York City if they want to survive in advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. This should be yet another high scoring solid back-and-forth contest like we’ve seen throughout the first four games of this series. 

The Indiana Pacers were able to fight back after losing two consecutive games in New York City and pick up two much-needed victories at home in Indianapolis. Now they will look to get back on the road and pick up their first victory of this series and what should be another hard-fought game against the New York Knicks here on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Tyrese Halliburton and Pascal Siakam will once again be the focal point on the offensive end of the court for the Indiana Pacers here in this one. 

They will need to put up solid performances here on Tuesday night to be successful away from home, which is not something they’ve been able to do throughout this series quite yet. Indiana will need to find a way to stop Brunson as well even though he is hampered and dealing with injuries he will likely play in this game and they need to shut down New York’s best player if they want to pick up a third victory in the series. The certainly feels like a must win game for the Indiana Pacers as they need to be able to show the New York Knicks that they are unafraid of them and they can win at Madison Square Garden. It’ll come out with plenty of intensity in this game after gaining so much over the last couple of contests against the New York Knicks.

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The New York Knicks will need to find a way to get back to their winning ways with a victory here on Tuesday night at home where they’ve been so incredible throughout the postseason so far. New York has their backs against the wall coming into this one after losing two consecutive games against the Indiana Pacers and they will certainly need a bounce back performance if they want to remain in control of this series and put themselves one step closer to advancing to the third round of the postseason. They will need their role-play to step up like they did throughout the first two games of the series if they want to be successful as Jalen Brunson continues to deal with a multitude of injuries he has compiled throughout the season. 

Although it looks like Jalen Brunson will be ready to go here on Tuesday night you can tell his injury earlier in the evening in the fourth game of the series hampered his performance. He was ineffective throughout the night and he did not shoot the basketball as well as he did throughout the first two games of this series which was really evident on the scoreboard. As the Indiana Pacers picked up a blowout victory over the New York Knicks in game number four to even up the series at two before coming back to New York City for Tuesday night's game five. 

This will be a pivotal game and they will need Brunson to be a lot more effective throughout this contest and they will need Dante DeVincenzo to continue shooting the lights out if they want to pick up their third victory of the series. The New York Knicks have been very tough at Madison Square Garden this season and that is something that will need to continue throughout this game and if they can pick up the victory here on Tuesday night, they have an opportunity to close things out later this week in Indianapolis. Even if they are unsuccessful at closing out the series 6 games game seven will guarantee them another home game and they have been almost unbeatable at Madison Square Garden throughout the postseason. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- New York is 27-14 at home 

- New York is 4-1 at home in the playoffs 

- Indiana is 1-4 on the road in the playoffs 

I am expecting another high scoring close and competitive matchup between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers here on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. In the end, I look for a similar result as we saw in the opening two games of the series as I look for the New York Knicks to come out on top at home against the Indiana Pacers here in this one. Not only do I look for the Indiana Pacers to come up short in this game, but I look for New York to cover the spread against Indiana as well and push them to the brink of elimination heading back to Indianapolis for game six.

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