New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers hit the road for a clash with the New York Knicks. The Pacers are (14-7), coming off a 107-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks are (4-18), after falling 129-92 to the Denver Nuggets.
In the Pacers win over the Thunder, Indiana was guided throughout the game by T.J. Warren. Warren knocked down 9 of 15 attempts from the floor, while adding 5 of 6 from the foul line, recording 24 points on the night. The Pacers shot 48% from the floor and 37% from 3-point range. The Pacers were out worked in the paint, being outscored 60 to 48. The Pacers had 19 assists to 9 turnovers in the win.
In the Knicks loss to the Nuggets, New York was led offensively by Mitchell Robinson. Robinson made 6 of the 8 attempts from the floor, contributing 5 free throws, totaling 17 points and 7 rebounds. The Nuggets controlled the game from start to finish, outscoring the Knicks in every quarter. New York shot 41% from the floor and 26% from 3-point range. The difference came from 3-point range. The Nuggets held the Knicks to just 9 makes in the game. Denver connected on 21 makes from distance.
The Pacers have won 7 of their last 8 games, while the Knicks have dropped their last 8 games. The Pacers have won 7 of the last 10 matchups against the Knicks. The Knicks are at home, but that hasn’t seemed to help to this point. The Knicks are 3-9 at home, New York is averaging just over 100 points offensively per game, which ranks 30th in the league. The Pacers lead the Knicks in almost every offensive category. Defensively the Pacers are giving up over 104 points per game, that is the 5th best scoring defense in the league. Final prediction, the Pacers will get the road win here.
It’s never fun to lose, and it even less fun has a 129-92 setback, which was the final score in New York’s tilt against Denver. Small forward Marcus Morris struggled with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting in his 26 minutes on the court.
However, the Knicks will be hoping to see a philosophical boost from new interim head coach Mike Miller, a long-time NCAA head coach who spent the past four years coaching the Knicks’ G-League affiliate in Westchester and winning 2018 NBA G-League Coach of the Year. The Knicks actually rank second in the NBA this season in offensive rebounding percentage (25.1), so look for Miller to direct his players to hit the boards hard to take advantage with second-chance points.
Meanwhile, it was a hard-fought matchup, but Indiana had to settle for a 108-101 loss against Detroit on Friday. The loss dropped them to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings and Detroit’s dominance on the boards was a big reason why the Pacers struggled. Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner will have to do a better job corralling misses for Indiana to cover on the road on Friday night.