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Knicks In Tough As They Try To Force Game Seven Saturday

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/17/2013 6:02:10 PM

The New York Knicks battled hard to force a game six in their second round series against the Indiana Pacers with an 85-75 home win. It’s going to be a lot tougher to win on the road and push the online sports betting series to a decisive seventh game. Indiana is undefeated at home in the 2013 NBA playoffs, including a pair of decisive wins over New York earlier in this series. The Knicks seemed to find more of a rhythm as game five progressed, but will need to take it to that next level again against a Pacers’ team that has been unstoppable at home in these playoffs and will look to put this series away.

New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers
Saturday May 18, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game 6 - Pacers lead 3-2
NBA Sportsbook Line: Indiana – 2.5

Indiana is a much different team when it is firing on all cylinders, and playing the type of defense that flusters opponents and takes them away from their offensive game plan. The Pacers held New York to an average of 76.5 points at home in games three and four, and will look to play that similar style of defense in game six.

NBA Betting Preview: New York Knicks

Scoring has come at a premium for the Knicks at Indiana in this series, including a brutal game four in which they were beaten up on the boards and in the paint. New York was outrebounded 54-36 in game four, and were held to just 38-percent shooting inside the paint. The lack of an inside presence led to Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith struggling from the field, and will be a major concern if it happens again. However, Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler were both much more aggressive in game five, and if they can bring that same impact to game six with their season on the line then it will open up much more room for Anthony and company to operate.

NBA Betting Preview: Indiana Pacers

The Pacers did everything right in game four, working hard at both ends of the floor to create open looks on offense while limiting what the Knicks were able to do to them. George Hill had a game-high 26 points in that win, while Paul George hit 18 points and was an even bigger factor at the defensive end of the floor where he matched up against Anthony for the majority of his possession. Indiana’s physical style can get the Knicks off their game and make them a very tough team to play, and they seem to play their best basketball at home with their sports betting fans behind them.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Knicks didn’t match the Pacers’ intensity until game five, and when they finally did they ended up winning the game. That will be the case again in game six, as Anthony in particular emerges to prove his doubters wrong and register one of the better performances of his NBA playoff career. There will be a lot of pressure on Indiana to perform at home, and that will be the prime situation for the Knicks to steal the upset win.

NBA Betting Pick: New York Knicks

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