7:00 PM ET, January 16, 2014
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Earlier this week Indiana Pacers forward Paul George followed his worst showing of the season with a big-time game.
Tonight, the Indiana team will try to further their success when they meet the visiting New York Knicks, a team George was able to dominate earlier this NBA season.
The 23 year-old scored 31 points in leading the Pacers (30-7) to a 116-92 win versus the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. That followed George’s lowest-scoring game of the season, an eight-point effort on 2-of-14 shooting in a 93-66 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday.
YouWager experts are quite sure George can perform well versus the Knicks (15-23). When the teams met Nov. 20 in New York, the Californian scored 21 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, helping the Pacers to a 103-96 victory. In their second-round playoff series last season, which Indiana won in six games, George averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
In addition to their top player getting back on track, Indiana also will have the advantage of playing at home, where they have impressed online sports betting fans. The Pacers have the league’s best home record at 19-1, including wins in eight straight.
Indiana has also won six in row versus New York in Indianapolis, including the playoffs.
A win will be hard as the Knicks come riding their best stretch of the season, having won six of eight.
Tyson Chandler missed the first meeting this NBA season due to a broken leg, and he was thoroughly outplayed by Roy Hibbert in the playoffs. Chandler averaged 6.2 points and 6.0 rebounds while Hibbert averaged 13.3 points, 10.3 boards and 3.2 blocks.
Point guard Raymond Felton also was on the bench for the first basketball game because of back and hip injuries, but he has been a key to New York’s resurgence with averages of 13.2 points and 6.0 assists over the last five games.
The 29 year-old missed 12 of the previous 13 contests due to injuries.
Back in November’s game New York forward Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points after averaging 28.5 in last season’s playoff series.