The Pacers host the Knicks on Sunday evening after beating the Sixers in Philly on Friday for their sixth consecutive win.
The Pacers are better than the Knicks, far more healthy than the Knicks, and far more motivated to win than the Knicks.
Why does this feel like a trap game?
Well, for all the reasons listed above, the Pacers will have to fend off human nature and deliver some professional focus to take care of business against the Knicks, who will add a few healthy players. Don’t forget, Tim Hardaway, Jr. put the Knicks up three with three minutes to go in their last meeting on Halloween before Victor Oladipo, Domas Sabonis and Thad Young delivered a 13-4 close to secure the W at MSG.
Among the Pacers 10 losses, there is only one I’d consider bad, the late fade at Sacramento (against, btw, a team proving to be far better than expected, still. ..should have closed that one out). No time to add to that list now.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 5:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Knicks: Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kevin Knox, Noah Vonleh, Enes Kanter
IND: Tyreke Evans (bruised right knee) - out
NYK: Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) - out, Damyean Dotson (sore right shoulder) - out, Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle) - out Allonzo Trier (strained left hamstring) - out
Enemy view: Posting and Toasting
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