Indiana Pacers (5-4 SU, 6-3 ATS, 5-4 O/U) vs. New York Knicks (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS, 4-4 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. EST
The Line: New York Knicks -2. Total: 217.
The New York Knicks have won four of their last five games heading into a home date with the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. New York started the season with three losses but has since posted victories over Brooklyn, Cleveland, Denver, and Phoenix. The Pacers had won three in a row before falling at Philadelphia on Friday.
Indiana had its three-game winning streak snapped on Friday with a 121-110 road setback against the 76ers. That dropped the Pacers to to 2-3 on the road. Guard Victor Oladipo scored 31 points in the loss and is averaging 26 points on 52.9 percent over a seven-game stretch. Center Myles Turner returned from a concussion that robbed him of seven games and showed some sluggishness in Friday’s loss, shooting 4-for-14 in 24 minutes. Turner had a double-double in three of the four meetings with the Knicks last season while averaging 18.3 points and 10 rebounds.
“He was a little rusty; he had to play more minutes than we probably would’ve liked,” head coach Nate McMillan said of Turner. “(Domantas) Sabonis got in foul trouble, so we had to play Myles a few more minutes. He missed a few shots he usually knocks down, and just timing. But it was good to get him back out there.”
Kristaps cooking at home
Kristaps Porzingis is making the most of his opportunities at Madison Square Garden so far this season. The 22-year-old scored 37 points in Friday’s 120-107 home win over Phoenix, chipping in seven rebounds, three blocks, and a steal in 31 minutes. Porzingis is averaging 31.4 points on 52.7 percent shooting in five home games, compared to 25 ppg on a 40.9 percent clip on the road.
“Porzingis is special; he has a chance to be the best player in this league,” said Suns’ center Tyson Chandler. “Watching him tonight and seeing what he’s done so far this season, he has a real shot of being the best player in this league.”
Enes Kanter continues to provide the most consistent support for Porzingis with eight straight double-digit scoring efforts out of the gate to begin this 2017-18 campaign, including four double-doubles. The latest came in a 16-point, 15-rebound performance against Phoenix, which was also the eighth consecutive game in which the veteran big man made at least half of his shot attempts. Kanter entered Friday fourth in the NBA in field-goal percentage at 63.6 percent.
The Indiana Pacers are:
- 14-5 ATS in their last 19 overall
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games
- 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games against the Eastern Conference
The New York Knicks are:
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against teams with winning records
- 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games following a win
- 2-7 ATS in their last nine games after allowing at least 100 points in their previous game
Turner should be feeling better than he did on Friday and he generally fares well against the Knicks. The Pacers are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 overall, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 on the road, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 against the Eastern Conference, 4-0 ATS in their last four following a loss, and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 playing on one day of rest. New York is 2-5 ATS in its last seven against winning opponents, 5-13 ATS in its last 18 following a win, and 2-7 ATS in its last nine after allowing at least 100 points in its previous outing. Look for those trends to continue.