Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 8, 2024

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May 8, 2024 7:10 AM
On Wednesday, May 8th, the New York Knicks will take on the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the East Semifinals at Madison Square Garden, looking to build on their 1-0 series lead. Jalen Brunson is riding a hot streak reminiscent of Michael Jordan's postseason dominance. Can the Knicks capitalize on their momentum to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series?
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Pacers vs Knicks game preview

As the Indiana Pacers prepare to face the New York Knicks, much of their strategy and potential for success hinge on the health and performance of Tyrese Haliburton. Leading the Pacers with an average of 20.1 points and 10.9 assists per game, Haliburton’s influence on the court is pivotal. However, his current day-to-day status due to back spasms adds an element of uncertainty to the Pacers' lineup. Moreover, their interior game will likely depend heavily on Myles Turner, who averages 6.9 rebounds per game. For the Pacers to level the playing field against the Knicks, they will need significant contributions from their supporting cast and a focused defensive strategy to contain the Knicks' high-scoring guards.

On the other side, the New York Knicks continue to ride the wave of Jalen Brunson’s exceptional postseason performance. Brunson, averaging 28.7 points per game, has not only elevated his game but also consistently energized his team throughout these playoffs. His playmaking ability, highlighted by an average of 6.7 assists per game, has been crucial in orchestrating the Knicks' offense and will be vital as they aim for a 2-0 series lead. Alongside Brunson, Isaiah Hartenstein’s presence on the boards, pulling down an average of 8.3 rebounds per game, provides the Knicks with much-needed interior strength. As they prepare to take on the Pacers, maintaining defensive rigor and capitalizing on the Pacers' potential gaps created by Haliburton’s uncertain health could be key for the Knicks to dominate the game.

New York Knicks injuries

  • Mitchell Robinson (C): Out
  • Bojan Bogdanovic (SF): Out
  • Julius Randle (PF): Out
  • Duane Washington Jr. (PG): Out
  • Charlie Brown Jr. (G): Out

Indiana Pacers injuries

  • Tyrese Haliburton (PG): Day-To-Day
  • Bennedict Mathurin (SG): Out

How to Watch the Pacers vs Knicks

The Pacers vs. Knicks game will be televised on TNT and is scheduled for Wed 8:00 PM.

Pacers vs Knicks predictions

The line for tonight's Pacers-Knicks game has the Knicks favored by 4.5 points, with the moneyline sitting at -220. You know what that tells me? The books think the Knicks are gonna win, and win convincingly. I'm not so sure, though. I mean, the Pacers might be down 1-0 in the series, but they've got some fight in 'em. And with Tyrese Haliburton's status up in the air due to those back spasms, it's hard to get a read on this one. Still, if I had to make a bet, I'd take the Knicks and the points. Just feels like the safer play.

Okay, let's break this game down. I think Jalen Brunson is gonna come out guns blazing again, dropping at least 30 points on the Pacers' heads. And with Isaiah Hartenstein controlling the boards, the Knicks' offense is gonna be tough to stop. On the other side, I think Myles Turner's gonna have a big game for the Pacers, maybe 20 points and 10 rebounds. But the key for Indiana is going to be Tyrese Haliburton's health - if he's limited or out, it's gonna be tough for them to keep up with the Knicks' pace. And let's not forget about Donte DiVincenzo, who's gonna chip in with some timely threes. In the end, I think the Knicks take it 122-115, and they go up 2-0 in the series. TheBrunson-Hartenstein duo is just too much for the Pacers to handle.

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