The Pacers (31-17) are back in action at BLF on Saturday night playing Knicks (13-36) in the second of three games between the two teams this season and the only visit to Indy for the Knicks this year.
No, the Knicks are not a potential playoff opponent, currently tied with Atlanta and Cleveland for the worst record in the East while dealing with injuries, youth and an oddly constructed roster. Rookie RJ Barrett (ankle) is out along with Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton.
The Pacers are close to full strength pending the status of Myles Turner (illness) and should be in good shape with two days off after the emotional return of Victor Oladipo on Wednesday.
The first meeting showed that the Pacers can’t sleep on the Knicks. After leading throughout the first game, the Pacers had to survive a 15-point fourth quarter to win after Julius Randle missed a free throw with 0.1 remaining which would have pushed the game to OT. Instead the Pacers didn’t look back and raced home with a 104-103 win.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr., Reggie Bullock, Marcus Morris, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson
IND: Myles Turner (illness) - questionable
NYK: Reggie Bullock (illness) - questionable, Frank Ntilikina (groin) - out, Elfrid Payton (suspended) - out, RJ Barrett (ankle) - out
Enemy view: Posting and Toasting
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