Indiana Pacers Vs. New York Knicks: Watch Live NBA Stream Online; Preview
Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks against the Pacers. (Photo: Reuters)
The Indiana Pacers Vs. the New York Knicks will be broadcast live on FxMW and MSG at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can also watch a live stream of the game via NBA League Pass at NBA.com.
This game will be a battle and a potential second-round postseason preview between the current second and third seeds of the Eastern Conference. The Knicks can clinch the much-coveted two-seed and home-court up until the Eastern Conference's Finals with a win, which would give them victories in 15 of their last 16 games.
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The Knicks went up three games on the Pacers with Friday's 101-91 win at Cleveland against the Cavaliers coupled with Indiana's 117-109 home loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Even with a Pacers win, the Knicks would need only one victory or one Indiana loss in the final two games to clinch.
Although rest will be important before the playoffs, the Knicks need to have all weapons at their disposal against Indiana so guys like Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith can gear up. Anthony, who was suspended for an 81-76 loss in Indianapolis on Jan. 10, averaged 20.5 points per game and shot 37.2 percent from the floor in the two matchups he played against the Pacers. Smith was 11 of 36 in the two losses to Indiana. The two shooters have combined to average 57.2 points per game over the past 15 games.
The Knicks did beat the Pacers 88-76 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 18, but Indiana still caused problems for New York. The Knicks shot 36.7 percent from the floor in that game. Surprisingly, that was their most efficient performance against the Pacers this season.
Indiana's defense on opponents' field goal percentage of twos and threes has been stellar all season. It held New York to 33.7 percent shooting from the floor in a 125-91 win on Feb. 20 and has held the Knicks to a mere 21.9 percent from beyond the arc all season.
Emerging superstar Paul George has been held to only 11.3 points per game on 29.2 percent shooting from the floor as Indiana has lost three of its last four games, but he's averaged 23.7 points per game against New York.
The Pacers have collectively averaged 46.2 points per game in the paint in their last nine games. Should both Tyson Chandler (neck) and Kenyon Martin (ankle) be out again, David West and Roy Hibbert could really have big games.