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Pacers vs. Knicks Game 1 prediction, odds, picks, how to watch NBA Playoffs

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It’s time for another round as the Indiana Pacers meet the New York Knicks for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday at Madison Square Garden. We’re here to share our NBA odds series, make a Pacers-Knicks Game 1 prediction, and make your picks as we show you how to watch.

The Pacers upset the Milwaukee Bucks four games to two to seal their ticket to the Eastern Conference semifinals. After losing 109-94 in Game 1, they dominated the Bucks 125-108 in Game 2 to send the series home with a split. The Pacers defeated the Bucks 121-118 in Game 3 in overtime and then defeated them 126-113 in Game 4. However, they fell 115-92 in Game 5 in Milwaukee. But the Pacers made sure that series ended in six games when they destroyed the Bucks 120-98 in Game 6.

The Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers four games to two to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. They started the series by beating the Sixers 111-104 in Game 1 and then won a close Game 2 104-101 in the final seconds. But they fell 125-114 in Game 3 in Philadelphia. Still, they pulled off a 97-92 victory in Game 4. The Knicks fell 112-106 in overtime in Game 5 at the Garden before closing the series with a 118-115 victory in Game 6, thanks to a game-winning three- pointer by Josh Hart with 24 seconds left.

The Pacers cut the season series two games to one, including a 125-111 win at the Garden. Curiously, this will be the first playoff showdown between the two teams since 2013.

Here are the NBA odds, courtesy of FanDuel.

NBA Playoffs Odds: Pacers-Knicks Game 1 Odds

Indiana Pacers: +6 (-110)

Moneyline: +190

New York Knicks: -6 (-110)

Moneyline: -230

Top: 217 (-108)

Bottom: 217 (-112)

Pacers vs. Watch Knicks game 1

Time: 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT

Television: TNT

Stream: fuboTV (click for free trial)

Why the Pacers were able to cover the spread/profit

The Pacers offense has been explosive throughout this series. Amazingly, all of their players found ways to contribute to the offense, allowing Indiana to advance to the second round.

Pascal Siakam was the best player, averaging 22.3 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor. So expect him to remain the best option the Pacers can turn to, and he’ll likely face former teammate OG Anunoby. Myles Turner averaged 19.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the first round. Likewise, he shot 48.2 percent from the floor, including 43.9 percent from triples. Turner will face Isaiah Hartenstein, which will present a tough assignment.

Tyrese Haliburton is still the face of the franchise. Significantly, he averaged 16 points and 9.3 assists per game in the series while shooting 43.5 percent from the hardwood. Everyone will have their eyes on the match between him and Jalen Brunson. Meanwhile, Andrew Nembhard is another scoring option after averaging 13.8 points per game while shooting 59.6 percent against the Bucks. Nembhard is the premiere shooter the Pacers rely on when they need another option.

Obi Toppin is a backup forward/center, but is incredibly effective. In fact, he averaged 12.3 points per game while shooting 49.2 percent from the floor against Milwaukee. Aaron Nesmith will be intriguing to watch in this series. Significantly, he averaged 11 points per game while shooting 35.1 percent from the floor. Nesmith will face Josh Hart.

The Pacers will cover the spread if they can stay on offense. Then they have to find ways to slow down Brunson and this red-hot Knicks team.

Why the Knicks could cover the spread/profit

Speaking of Brunson, he’s ready for this game as he tries to lead the Knicks to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in more than two years. Brunson averaged a ridiculous 35.5 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent in the series against the 76ers. Now his fight against Haliburton should be a classic.

Hart averaged 16.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game while shooting just 40.5 percent from the floor. Ultimately, the Knicks will need his shooting to improve and will need him to contain Nesmith. Anunoby is probably the biggest reason why the Knicks have been able to thrive despite losing Julius Randle this season. He also averaged 15 points per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the hardwood against the 76ers. His showdown with Siakam will be special, especially considering their history as teammates.

Donte DiVincenzo averaged 12 points per game against the 76ers. However, he also shot 36.4 percent from the floor. Miles McBride averaged 11.3 points per game and shot 48.1 percent from the floor. Therefore, he gives the Knicks a great option to come off the bench if Brunson needs a break. Hartenstein averaged 10.3 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. But Turner will be a tough match for him.

The Knicks will cover the spread if they can win the board battle. Next, they need Brunson to continue to dominate.

Latest Pacers-Knicks Game 1 Prediction and Picks

The Pacers defeated one of the best teams in the association. Now they face a team that has virtually no weaknesses. Many believe the Knicks will dominate this game. However, they will have a hard time winning boards against Siakam and Turner. That could bring this match closer. The only way the Knicks destroy the Pacers is if they can force multiple turnovers and Brunson dominates. We believe Brunson will dominate. Consequently, the Pacers will be able to keep up with them. Knicks get a close win, but the Pacers cover the spread.

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