Indiana Pacers @ New York Knicks 5/8/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Indiana Pacers (0-1) at New York Knicks (1-0)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 at  8:00 p.m. EST (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: Knicks -4.5 (-115) - Over/Under (222.5)

Pick: Knicks -4.5 (-115)

The New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers will take the floor here on Wednesday night for the second game of their Eastern Conference semifinals series at Madison Square Garden. The opening of the series was all we could’ve hoped for, as it was an incredible back-and-forth battle between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks and both teams will have similar performances here on Wednesday. This should be another solid game in a series that has the potential to go to the distance as teams will likely trade off victories on their home floor throughout the next couple of weeks. 

The Indiana Pacers will look to bounce back after losing a close and competitive match up in the opening game of this series earlier this week. Indiana certainly gave it all they had in the opening game of the series against the New York Knicks on Monday night, and they will look to even up this one before heading back home for the next two games. They will certainly need Tyrese Haliburton to be a bit more aggressive when shooting the basketball as he took a minimal number of shot attempts in their game one loss against the Knicks. 

He was solid facilitating the ball, but they need him to step up and score more as that is a major key to their success. When Halliburton is putting the ball in the basket tends to come out on the winning end of games more often than not and that is something they certainly need here on Wednesday night. They cannot afford to go back to Indianapolis down 2-0 against a hungry and motivated New York Knicks team. 

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It was an incredible performance from Jalen Brunson in the opening game of this series on Monday night and he will look to replicate that performance as he looks to improve upon his 43 point game in game one. It was actually a trio of former Villanova wildcat players that led the way for the the New York Knicks throughout their game one victory as Brunson, Dante DiVincenzo, and Josh Hart all put up incredible numbers throughout the game. All three of those players will look to put up similar performances throughout game number two on Wednesday night and if they can accomplish that, then the New York Knicks should find themselves sitting in this series while heading to Indianapolis for the next two. 

If they can manage to limit Tyrese Halliburton’s production as well that will lead to an even bigger victory for the New York Knicks then they picked up in game one. The scoring was pretty even across the board for the New York Knicks starting and that is something I’d love to see every game this season. However, Halliburton will be bigger the second of this series and they did a pretty excellent job of it throughout the majority of Game number one despite how close the contest ended up being. New York has been rather exceptional at home this season and they are solid when stringing victories together so they should pick up a second consecutive victory in this series on Wednesday night.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- New York is 30-15 at home 

- New York is 31-23 after a win

- Indiana is 12-15 as a road underdog 

I expect another high scoring and competitive match up here on Wednesday night and the second game of this series at Madison Square Garden. However, in the end, I am expecting a similar result as we saw in the opening game of the series. As I look for the New York victory, this one in a game that is decided in the final few minutes. Not only do I look for the New York Knicks to pick up victory, but I also look for New York to cover the spread against the Indiana Pacers here in this one as well. 

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