The New York Knicks Haven’t Adjusted Defensively In Postseason

Knicks vs Pacers Odds: The Over Is Appealing for Game 4

It’s an absolute dogfight in the NBA Semifinal matchup between the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers. So far, the home team has won each game of the series, but it hasn’t been easy for either team in any of the three matchups.

While the Knicks are 2-1, the Pacers can tie the series up, 2-2, heading into Game 4 on Sunday. The Knicks played without OG Anunoby in Game 3 and are unlikely to have him in Game 4.

Yet, New York continued to battle and even had the lead for most of the fourth quarter.

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With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, Andrew Nembhard ultimately put the game to bed with a long three-point shot as the shot clock expired with under 20 seconds to go.

That became the game-winning shot in Game 3, giving the Pacers some life.

After the win, the Pacers are now -6 against the spread for Game 4. This is slightly less than the -7 number the Pacers got in the first game. Meanwhile, the total is at 218.5 for this matchup on Sunday.

Take a look at the Knicks vs Pacers odds for Sunday’s afternoon showdown for Game 4.

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Date & Time:
Records: Knicks (56-35)/Pacers (52-40)
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Streaming: ABC

Knicks vs Pacers Odds & Trends

Not only do the Knicks lead the series 2-1, but New York has also won against the spread in two of three NBA games in the postseason.

The Knicks were seven-point underdogs in Game 3 but held on to a five-point loss, allowing them to cover the spread despite losing outright.

Meanwhile, the total has still gone over in two of three games. It just stayed under in Game 3 in Indiana, as the game finished with 217 points. The total had closed at 220.5 for Game 3.

The Knicks have still defeated the Pacers in six of the last ten games and have also won against the spread in six of the last ten games. A win against Indiana in Game 4 would set the Knicks up for a chance to clinch the next round at home in Game 5.

Nembhard Was Shocked His Three Went Down

Andrew Nembhard and the Pacers were scrambling to get a shot up against the pesky Knicks defense with under 20 seconds to go in a tie game. Andrew Nembhard got the ball far away from the basket and almost lost it during the scramble.

But when he collected himself, he was able to throw up a 31-foot heave to the basket.

It swished through the basket to give the Pacers the lead. That was ultimately the dagger for Indiana to help the Pacers win Game 3. Nembhard said he was “shocked, a little bit” but “happy it went in.”

Draymond Green Says Knicks Are A Fluke

While Draymond Green talks a lot, he has plenty of basketball knowledge and accolades to back it up. On his podcast earlier in the week, Green acknowledged that the Knicks’ success has been a fluke and that they’ll set up fans for misery moving forward.

Yet, no matter who goes down, the Knicks find a way to stay competitive. We’ll have to wait and see how Green’s statements age in a few years.

More Offense, Please!

The Knicks have added many NBA records for the franchise this postseason. After all, the Knicks haven’t had a postseason run like this in decades. But while many NBA fans talk about New York’s defense, the offense is superior for New York.

They’re well-coached and prepared on the defensive end. Don’t get us wrong. However, the Knicks have watched their opponent score at least 123.2 points per 100 possessions in four consecutive games.

The 76ers and Pacers have shot an effective field goal percentage of 54.1% or better in five straight, and the Knicks haven’t even added more than 10% of turnovers in three consecutive games.

In addition, New York has allowed at least 28.8% of offensive rebounds in four of their last five games.

The Knicks haven’t had easy matchups in the postseason defensively. The 76ers got Joel Embiid back, and the Pacers are second in the NBA in points per 100 possessions. However, the Knicks will need to make some adjustments to at least keep the Pacers off the offensive glass.

On the other hand, the Knicks have been tremendous offensively. They have only had two below-average offensive performances in the postseason.

Despite the Game 3 loss, the Knicks still shot a 57% effective field goal percentage and added 116.5 points per 100 possessions. However, the difference was in the turnover percentage and offensive rebounding percentage.

The Knicks turned the ball over 4.3% more and added more than 5% fewer offensive rebounds, so they lost to the Pacers.

The NBA scoreboard has proven that time and time again in the NBA playoffs. The Knicks have to out-shoot and out-rebound on offense to beat the Pacers.

This was the second game in the entire postseason in which the Knicks didn’t add at least 25% of offensive rebounds. Without OG Anunoby, the Knicks decided to play smaller for most of the game.

Maybe that had something to do with it. If that was the issue, the Knicks likely won’t have Anunoby in Game 4, and his status is uncertain for Game 5 at home.

Therefore, after looking at the Knicks vs Pacers odds, we’ll back the Over 218.5 (-110).

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