NBA Playoff odds 2013, Pacers vs. Knicks: Carmelo Anthony, New York favored to win series

Jim Rogash

The offensive firepower on the Knicks' roster has made them the favorites to march on to the conference finals.

Neither the New York Knicks nor the Indiana Pacers enter the Eastern Conference Semifinals playing their best basketball of the season.

The Knicks struggled to put away a veteran-laden Celtics team in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, while Indiana struggled at times to score against the Hawks. As the two teams begin their series on Sunday afternoon, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas like the Knicks to march on in the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

According to Bovada, the Knicks are favored to win the series with -190 odds. The Pacers are listed at +165. For those of you not familiar with sports betting, this means you would have to place $190 on New York in order to make $100. On the other hand, a $100 bet on Indiana would bring in $165 if they win the series.

As for Game 1, which will be played Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York opened up as five-point favorites, according to Odds Shark. The line has since moved up to 5½ or six points, depending on which service you check. The over-under for points scored was once at 185, although that line has dropped to 183.

Indiana has struggled to close out games on the road all season, while the Knicks play some of their best basketball at home. The Pacers' vaunted defense will likely keep them in it on Sunday, but the early money is on the Knicks protecting home court in Game 1.

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