When: 3:30 PM
Where: Madison Square Garden
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
SG: Lance Stephenson
SF: Paul George
PF: David West
C: Roy Hibbert
PG: Pablo Prigioni
SG: Raymond Felton
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Solomon Jones
With the goals of a division championship and getting to 50 wins already accomplished, the Knicks next goal on their regular season list can be accomplished this afternoon.
With the Heat firmly planted in the number one seed, the Knicks can clinch the number two seed with one win over the next three games starting with the game against the Pacers today.
Being the number two seed means not only earning a match up with the Boston Celtics in round one, but home court in the second round as well in a possible match up with these same Pacers.
Considering how the Knicks have fared in Indiana this season, having home court in a possible second round series against them would be a good thing.
The Pacers are very similar to the Chicago Bulls in their defensive intensity and all for one and one for all kind of half court offense. They love to slow the game down and let their defense fuel their offense.
As we all know, the Bulls and Pacers have given the Knicks issues this season as they are 1-6 against those two teams this year. The possibility of those teams waiting for the Knicks in the second round is a good one. With that in mind, sending a message to the Pacers today with a win would be nice.
With Melo and JR playing at their best and the injured big men, Tyson, Kenyon and Camby all declared ready to go for the playoffs, things for the Knicks are looking good.
This has been the best season the franchise has had in over a decade and no matter the ups and downs, it’s been fun. This game today is really the final big game they will have till the playoffs begin next Saturday.
But for today, It’s nice to have the Knicks and Pacers playing for something again in April. Maybe they will be doing so in May as well.
Enjoy the game!
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- Can Melo make it eight in a row with 30+ points?
- Will the Knicks depleted frontline be able to handle the Pacers bigs?
- Can the Knicks keep Paul George in check?
- Will the Pacers defense give the Knicks trouble?
- Who gets the better of the JR Smith & Lance Stephenson match up?