The Indiana Pacers' solid defence will hold firm in a low-scoring contest against the New York Knicks, writes Unibet NBA expert Mark Woods...
New York Knicks 2.08, Indiana Pacers 1.75 - BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 00.05 GMT
Now the New York Knicks have Phil Jackson, radical change is surely on the way. But the club’s freshly-installed president, at least, takes over a team on the rise with the ex-Lakers and Bulls coach hoping to see his new charges record a seventh successive victory when they host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
In his introductory press conference, Jackson was quick to offer Carmelo Anthony his backing while refraining from giving any long-term guarantees over the future of head coach Mike Woodson.
If, as it seems, he has alternative candidates in mind to pace the Knicks sideline next season, starting with Steve Kerr, there is a real risk that the players will see their current playcaller as a lame duck while expecting that their own NBA futures, Anthony excluded, lie elsewhere.
Yet New York needs to continue their monumental surge to reach the playoffs with Atlanta holding a 4 1/2 game lead in eighth place with 16 games of the regular season remaining.
Should they manage that, the reward will likely be a first round showdown with Indiana who have broken out of their own slump with four wins in a row.
Both teams have profited from soft scheduling over the last two weeks but the Pacers have had trouble shaking off Philadelphia, Detroit and Boston in recent days. It’s worth a punt on the Knicks on the half-time handicap of -5.5 at 3.55 or on the full game line of -4.5 at 3.10.
But on present form, look under the total points line of 190.5 with the Pacers defence strong enough to hold Anthony’s supporting cast in check.
Dallas Mavericks 1.47, Minnesota Timberwolves 2.75 - BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 00.35 GMT
Minnesota Timberwolves have any shot at the playoffs, then they need to knock off the teams sitting just ahead. But they’re 2.75 to come up trumps on their visit to the seventh-placed Dallas Mavericks.
Minnesota’s average points tally of 106.1 per night hasn’t been enough to provide consistent success although they have won two of their three previous meetings with the Mavs this term.
But the Dallas rolling to five victories out of their last six, back them to come out on trump at 1.47 but look under the points line of 208.5 at 2.12.
Best bet: Go under the total points line of 190.5 in New York-Indiana at 2.45