NBA Playoff Picks: Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks, Game 1

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IMay 4, 2013

NBA Playoff Picks: Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks, Game 1

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    The home team won all four regular-season meetings between the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks, which is important to consider when making your NBA playoff picks Sunday, as the two teams prepare to open up a best-of-seven series at Madison Square Garden.

    Sports bettors will find that the Pacers are 5.5-point road underdogs in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 184.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 1 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series from a betting perspective while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.

Indiana Pacers

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    The Indiana Pacers picked up a 4-2 series victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, closing things out with an 81-73 win as one-point road underdogs Friday night.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Pacers are 7-3 against the spread as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6.0 points this season, with the UNDER going 6-4 in that situation.

New York Knicks

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    The New York Knicks have advanced past the first round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2000. They moved past the Boston Celtics in six games with Friday's 88-80 victory as two-point road favorites.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Knicks are 19-8 as home favorites of 3.5 to 6.0 points, with the OVER going 16-11 in those 27 opportunities.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Indiana Pacers as one of their NBA picks Sunday, as the New York Knicks are 6-8-1 in their last 15 playoff games.

    NBA Pick: Indiana Pacers +5.5


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