New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers
Tip-off: Thursday, January 10, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Even while the New York Knicks have impressed their YouWager fans with surprises following in order to recover from tonight’s meeting with the Indiana Pacers they will have to do it without the suspended Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks (23-11) are 8-2 following defeats, but unlike all but one of those games, they’ll have to manage without Anthony. The 28 year-old was suspended for one game by the NBA on Wednesday for confronting Boston Celtics’s Kevin Garnett after Monday’s 102-96 home loss. The players were involved in a fourth-quarter altercation in which both were given technical fouls.
Anthony approached Boston’s locker room and later waited for Garnett outside the team’s bus.
Even when Anthony was held to 20 points on 6-of-26 shooting, his 29.0 points per game rank second in the NBA. The 5x NBA All-Star averaged 35.0 over his previous five contests.
Indiana (21-14) has won eight of 10 and continue to play some of the NBA’s best defense, allowing 89.5 points per game. They held the Miami Heat to a season-low output in an 87-77 home victory Tuesday and have limited four of their last five opponents below 90 points.
The Pacers have impressed online sports betting experts on the defensive end during its eight-game home victory streak, allowing opponents to average 82.8 points. Indiana hasn’t won nine in a row on their own floor since a 14-game run Nov. 28, 2002-Jan. 26, 2003.
Paul George is tied with David West for the team lead with 16.7 points per game as the Pacers continue to play without Danny Granger (knee). George had 29 versus Miami after scoring 17 over his previous two games on 8-of-29 shooting.
Coach Frank Vogel has stated that Granger’s recovery is on schedule, and he should be able to suit up next month.
For New York, guard Iman Shumpert practiced Tuesday for the first time since tearing his ACL in April. Experts still don’t know when he will coming back however it’s a good sign after Shumpert averaged 9.5 points and a team-best 1.7 steals as a rookie last season.
Anthony had 26 points the Knicks won against Indiana 88-76 at home Nov. 18 for their fourth victory in five meetings.