The Eastern Conference playoff race is tight in the middle and getting sexy on the tail end as well. That makes tonight's matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks important for both teams. While they aren't currently battling for the same real estate, they both need to win.
Scott Schroeder explains the "Enormous Consequences" on the line at the Fieldhouse tonight.
The most important game on the slate for Tuesday night will take place in lovely Indiana as the Pacers host the New York Knicks (7 p.m., NBA League Pass), sans Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin. The Knicks are currently two games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and have sole possession of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, but it might be difficult to keep a hold on that without two starters in the lineup.
The Pacers, on the other hand, are hoping for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs -- there's a chance they will get it, too, as they are currently only half of a game behind the Orlando Magic for the third seed in the East.
Frank Vogel just mentioned in his pre-game comments that the Pacers quickly shifted their focus to the Knicks after beating the Rockets on Sunday, but it had nothing to do with the standings. They felt the sting from the previous two losses to the Knicks and really want to beat them tonight.