Knicks vs. Pacers Game 3 NBA Best Bet: No Anunoby, No Problem

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The top sports betting sites have released their betting odds for Game 3 between the Knicks and Pacers.

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NBA Pick: Knicks +7 (-107) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers

Friday, May 10, 2024 – 07:00 PM ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse

The Road Warrior Knicks 

The Pacers are favored heavily partly because they are playing at home.

However, the Knicks are a good road team. Last series, they won two of their three games in Philadelphia. Seven points is a lot for a team that doesn’t appear to be bothered by playing in a road venue.

Missing OG Anunoby

New York will be without OG Anunoby tonight, and while nobody will deny that Anunoby is a good individual defender, bettors have a terrible tendency to treat injuries like a math equation. Real life is not like a video game where a team’s overall quality drops because it loses a good player.

In Game 2, the Knicks without Anunoby held Indiana to its second-lowest-scoring quarter in that game. Without Anunoby, New York never relinquished its lead and ended up winning by nine to cover the spread.

New York is just fine without Anunoby, and that’s largely because it can rely on Precious Achiuwa, who shares Anunoby’s defensive versatility. In this postseason, Achiuwa has done a strong job of defending the basket, managing to limit the scoring and efficiency of the likes of Philadelphia’s star center Joel Embiid.

Indiana’s Defense 

The Pacers allowed over 120 points in both games in this series. Their defense is unreliable in general, as evident in its struggle to limit Milwaukee’s offense when the Bucks were missing their two top scorers.

But New York’s top scorer Jalen Brunson should play, as he did at the end of Game 2, and he is too difficult for them to contain, especially without leaving themselves vulnerable to the contributions of his teammates. If Brunson does miss this game, Indiana anyhow has a terrible tendency, which has been evident throughout the season when it lost to teams like the Spurs and Hornets, to play down to the level of its opponent.

NBA Pick: Knicks +7 (-107) at BetOnline

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