The New York Knicks made headlines earlier this week by hiring Phil Jackson as their President of Basketball Operations. The 68-year-old Jackson will collect a staggering $60 million over the next five seasons to fix the Knicks. That’s big money for an older yet very successful basketball mind. ¬†Ever since they began negotiating with Jackson, the Knicks have played much better.

The 27-40 Knicks, winners of six straight, will host the struggling 50-17 Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have been sluggish on offense and have failed to cover ten of their last eleven games. The Knicks, on the other hand, are 5-1 against the spread over their last six. The Knicks are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference and sit 4.5 games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot, so expect this team to play with a great sense of urgency. There are only 15 games to go, so every win matters. Especially when Atlanta has won five straight games. 

The Knicks will get center Tyson Chandler back on Wednesday night. Chandler is a welcome addition for an opponent that loves to push opponents around inside. Amare has played with a sense of urgency and JR Smith is taking better shots. Maybe Jackson already has a winning influence on this team.

Current NBA odds have the Knicks slotted a small 2.5 point home underdog. The Knicks have been playing well while the Pacers have been struggling. Back the Knicks in your NBA picks for this evening.

Pick: NY Knicks +2.5