Pacers vs Knicks Game 5 Picks, Odds | NBA Playoffs Prediction

The second round of the NBA Playoffs continues with a pivotal two-game slate on Tuesday night, and the first matchup of the evening we'll preview is Pacers vs. Knicks Game 5, which is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

The Knicks are 2.5-point favorites on the spread in Tuesday's contest, while the total is set at over/under 216.5 total points at DraftKings.

Here's everything you need to know about Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Pacers and Knicks -- the latest betting odds, as well as our expert picks and prediction for the NBA Playoffs on Tuesday, May 14.

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Pacers vs Knicks Picks & Prediction

This series may be tied at two games apiece, however, it certainly doesn’t feel like it…

The Knicks beat Indiana by an average margin of seven points in the first two matchups of this series in the Big Apple. But at the very least, I think it’s safe to say New York got away with one early. The Pacers went to halftime of Game 1 with a 6-point lead and carried a 5-point lead all the way to the 6:05 mark of the fourth quarter – which, to the credit of the Knicks, was quickly erased by an excellent stretch of offense by New York in the final six minutes – but make no mistake about it, they were bailed out by the referees in a big way in the closing moments.

With the score even at 115-115 and time winding down late in Game 1, the Knicks brought the ball up the court and committed a crucial turnover that should have given Indiana possession in a tie game with 52 seconds left on the clock. Instead, however, the NY mob called in the fix and the referees called a kickball violation against Indiana (when the ball clearly wasn’t kicked by anybody), so New York managed to retain possession and drill a 3-pointer to take the lead at the 40-second mark. 

Then, just to make sure Indiana had absolutely 0% chance of coming back, the refs took it upon themselves to put the final nail in the coffin, as the Pacers rallied back with a made basket to cut the lead to one point, and then forced another New York turnover to earn one final possession and a chance to win the game with the shotclock turned off and 12 seconds remaining. But unfortunately, however, we didn’t even get to see how the Pacers planned to approach their last-second opportunity to close Game 1, as the refs called an illegal screen against Indiana six seconds into the final possession to end the game, essentially – and while the call was technically correct, this is playoff basketball and neither team was getting whistled for that type of contact game.

So, why am I still talking about the result of a matchup that took place a week ago when these two teams have played three games since then? I’m glad you asked. Because I believe the spread for Game 5 would look very different if the Pacers managed to steal a win at MSG to claim a 3-1 series lead as opposed to the home team winning all four matchups to yield a 2-2 split thus far, as the Knicks find themselves tagged as 2.5-point home favorites in Tuesday’s contest.

Game 2 was an outlier performance for New York. The Knicks scored 130 points on 57% from the field and 47% from 3-point range in their second win of the series – and in today’s era of run-and-gun basketball, sometimes you simply have to tip your hat to the opposing team if they are blistering hot from long range, especially when talking about a NY team that ranks outside of the top-13 in both field goal percentage (46.5%) and 3-point percentage (36.9%) on the season.

It’s all been downhill from there though, and it’s only getting worse as the injuries continue to pile up for New York, as the Knicks shot 48% from the field and 52% from long range in Game 3, and still lost the game by five points (111-106). Then in Game 4, they shot 34% from the floor and 19% from 3-point range in an ugly 32-point loss – and quite frankly, their latest struggles seem to have more to do with the absence of several key players as opposed to the location of the games.

Admittedly, New York’s advantage at MSG is far greater than the average homecourt advantage in the playoffs, and because of that, I’ll be sweating bullets if Game 5 between these teams is neck-and-neck down the homestretch, simply due to the extraordinary amount of luck the Knicks have encountered at their home arena this postseason. But based on what we saw from them in their previous two outings, I don’t think the Knicks are capable of generating enough offense to run with Indiana’s 2nd-ranked scoring attack in the absence of OG Anunoby – plus a pair of hampered big men with Isaiah Hartenstein listed as day-to-day and Mitchell Robinson out. So, I’ll take the points with Indy in Game 5.

Pick: Pacers +2.5 (-110)

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Pacers vs Knicks Game Time & TV Channel

Date: Tuesday, May 14
Matchup: Atlantic vs. Central
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Location: New York, NY
Time-TV: TNT, 8:00 p.m. ET

Pacers vs Knicks Betting Stats

2) New York Knicks
(2nd Place, Atlantic)

  • Odds to Win Finals: +3000
  • Odds to Win Conference: +850
  • Odds to Win Series: +108
  • SU: 50-32
  • ATS: 44-37-1
  • O/U: 37-45
  • PPG: 112.8
  • OPPG: 108.2

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6) Indiana Pacers
(3rd Place, Central)

  • Odds to Win Finals: +5000
  • Odds to Win Conference: +1000
  • Odds to Win Series: -132
  • SU: 47-36
  • ATS: 45-37-1
  • O/U: 42-40
  • PPG: 123.3
  • OPPG: 120.2

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