The Indiana Pacers (34-47) are 12th in the Eastern Conference and will now take on the New York Knicks (47-34) at Madison Square Garden on Sunday (April 9).
This will be Pacers’ final game in the regular season as they have failed to qualify for the playoffs and did not make it to the play-in as well. They are on a three-game losing streak and suffered defeat against the Detroit Pistons (122-115) in their previous outing. Buddy Hield had the best game for the Pacers, playing only 22 minutes and scoring 22 points in the process. As for the Pistons, Jaden Ivey led the scoring with 29 points, followed by Killian Hayes with 28. The Pacers will now face the Knicks, who are No.5 seed going into the playoffs.
They are 6-4 in their last 10 games but faced a defeat against the New Orleans Pelicans (113-105) in their previous outing. RJ Barrett had the best game for the Knicks on the night as he ended up scoring 28 points, while Immanuel Quickley added another 24. However, it wasn’t enough as Trey Murphy III got 31 points for the Pelicans and CJ McCollum chipped in 23 as well.
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks: Match Details
Fixture: Indiana Pacers @ New York Knicks
Date & Time: Sunday, April 9, 01:00 p.m ET
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks: Injury Report
The Pacers are dealing with a lot of injuries at the moment. Starting with T.J. McConnell, who is questionable for tonight’s game due to a hip problem and Myles Turner is questionable with an ankle problem. Oshae Brissett is also questionable due to a back issue whereas Tyrese Haliburton is out because of injury management. Jalen Smith and Aaron Nesmith are both questionable with knee and head injury, respectively. Isaiah Jackson is questionable with a head injury while Chris Duarte is out with an ankle injury. Kendall Brown is out due to a leg injury.
As for the Knicks, Julius Randle has an ankle injury that keeps him out tonight as well and Jalen Brunson had a hand injury and is out. DaQuan Jefferies is questionable because of a calf problem and Duane Washington Jr. is out with a hip injury.
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks: Injury List
|T.J. McConnell||Indiana Pacers||Questionable||Hip|
|Myles Turner||Indiana Pacers||Questionable||Ankle|
|Oshae Brissett||Indiana Pacers||Questionable||Back|
|Tyrese Haliburton||Indiana Pacers||Out||Injury Management|
|Jalen Smith||Indiana Pacers||Questionable||Knee|
|Aaron Nesmith||Indiana Pacers||Questionable||Head|
|Isaiah Jackson||Indiana Pacers||Questionable||Head|
|Chris Duarte||Indiana Pacers||Out||Ankle|
|Kendall Brown||Indiana Pacers||Out||Leg|
|Julius Randle||New York Knicks||Out||Ankle|
|Jalen Brunson||New York Knicks||Out||Hand|
|DaQuan Jefferies||New York Knicks||Questionable||Calf|
|Duane Washington Jr.||New York Knicks||Out||Hip|
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks: Betting Odds
|Indiana Pacers||+310||+9 (-110)||O 228.5 (-110)|
|New York Knicks||-380||-9 (-110)||U 228.5 (-110)|
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks: Starting 5s
Pacers: F Jordon Nwora, F Aaron Nesmith, C Isaiah Jackson, G Bennedict Mathurin, G Andrew Nembhard
Knicks: G RJ Barrett, F Obi Toppin, C Isaiah Hartenstein, G Quentin Grimes, G Immanuel Qucikley
Indiana vs New York: Betting Prediction
The Knicks have a 3-0 lead over the Pacers in the regular season. They will now look to seal the series 4-0 at home as they play the last game before the postseason. They have a solid 23-17 home record whereas the Pacers are struggling a lot away from home at 14-26. Offensively, the Knicks are a little behind the Pacers at 12th, averaging 115.8 ppg, while the Pacers are 10th, averaging 116.0 ppg. But defensively, the Knicks are far ahead at 11th, conceding just 112.8 ppg whereas the Pacers are 29th in the league, conceding 119.3 ppg.
Expect the Knicks to perform their job at Madison Square Garden tonight and cover the spread.