Knicks @ Pacers (Game 51): Feb. 20th, 7:00 PM EST
New York Knicks: 32-18 (13-10 on road)
Indiana Pacers: 32-21 (21-5 at home)
Head-to-Head: Series Tied 1-1 (of 4 Games)
Second half basketball typically means an elevated level of focus from players as teams gear up to solidify or improve their playoff positioning.
The Knicks will be tested right from the get-go as they have the Pacers tonight.
What I want to see tonight is a general increase in effort. Of late, there hasn’t been a game where the Knicks have been locked in for 48 minutes. At the beginning of the season, effort was there on a nightly basis. Remember Melo jumping into stands?
Where is all that now?
Maybe it’s the dip in performance from Brewer and Jason Kidd… maybe it’s not having Sheed out there. Whatever it is, the Knicks need to find themselves again.
And it starts tonight.
Key to a Win: Simply, matching the Pacers intensity. They have been playing good ball this year and it’s all because they “want” it. David West has been playing out of his mind recently, so slowing him down is going to be key as well.
Over/Under Game: Put your guesses (over, under or push) in the reply or comment section. Get 5 out of 5 right, I’ll put your name/blog in the post game write-up. Pushes (evens) are counting now if you can guess them.
- Melo Points: 27
- West Points: 21
- George Hill Assists: 5
- Chandler Rebounds: 11
- Knicks Total Turnovers: 10
Need this one tonight.
Betting Line: Pacers by 3.5 (O/U 185.0) - when’s the last time the Knicks weren’t favored for a game? Been awhile.
Prediction: Knicks 94, Pacers 87
Prediction Record: 30-19-1