This one counts!
The matchup favors the Pacers with a relatively healthy lineup that will not include sixth man, Jeremy Lamb but will have the rest of the expected playing rotation ready to roll. The Knicks have a new coach in Tom Thibodeau so they should be expected to play hard despite the mismatch collection of talent that is still searching for a star or two to emerge after another luckless draft lottery.
The Pacers are favored by 7.5 to 8 points depending on you betting app of choice. On night one under Nate Bjorkgren, beating that spread would be a nice start for the home team with so many questions on the table in search of answers.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Victor Oladipo, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Knicks: Elfrid Payton, Alec Burks, R.J. Barrett, Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel
IND: Jeremy Lamb (knee) - out, Brian Bowen II (groin) - out, Goga Bitadze (ankle) - out
NYK: Mitchell Robinson (ankle) - probable, Dennis Smith (quad) - questionable, Austin Rivers (groin) - out, Omari Spellman (knee) - out
Enemy view: Posting and Toasting
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