New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 17, 2024

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May 17, 2024 7:10 AM
The New York Knicks are one win away from advancing to the next round as they face the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the East Semifinals at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday, May 17, 2024 at 8:30 PM. With a 3-2 series lead, the Knicks look to capitalize on their momentum and close out the series on the road. A win would propel New York to the next stage of the NBA playoffs, while an Indiana victory would force a deciding Game 7.
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Knicks vs Pacers game preview

As the New York Knicks gear up to clinch the series against the Indiana Pacers in game 6, their performance has been anchored by standout player Jalen Brunson. Averaging 28.7 points per game this season, Brunson’s ability to dominate offensively has been key to the Knicks' success. Coupled with his 6.7 assists per game, he not only scores efficiently but also enhances the team’s overall shooting opportunities, making them a formidable opponent in clutch moments. Despite his prowess, the Knicks will need to maintain their defensive intensity and rebounding, led by Isaiah Hartenstein who averages 8.3 rebounds per game, to control the pace and keep the Pacers at bay, especially in the critical moments of the upcoming game.

The Indiana Pacers, holding the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, have their own ace in Tyrese Haliburton. His leadership as the point guard is evident with an impressive double-double average of 20.1 points and 10.9 assists per game, showcasing his dual threat to score and distribute the ball effectively. This playmaking is crucial for the Pacers' offense, but the team will also rely heavily on Myles Turner’s presence in the paint. Turner, who leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game, needs to be a dominant force defensively to counter the Knicks' aggressive playstyle. If the Pacers can tighten their defense and capitalize on Haliburton’s orchestration, they stand a good chance of extending the series beyond game 6.

Indiana Pacers injuries

  • Bennedict Mathurin (SG): Out

New York Knicks injuries

  • OG Anunoby (SF): Out
  • Mitchell Robinson (C): Out
  • Bojan Bogdanovic (SF): Out
  • Julius Randle (PF): Out
  • Duane Washington Jr. (PG): Out

How to Watch the Knicks vs Pacers

The Knicks vs. Pacers game will be televised on ESPN and is scheduled for Fri 8:30 PM.

Knicks vs Pacers predictions

Here we go, Game 6 of the East Semifinals, and the Knicks are on the cusp of clinching the series. I think Jalen Brunson is going to come out firing on all cylinders, dropping 32 points and dishing out 7 dimes. Isaiah Hartenstein, the Knicks' unsung hero, will continue to dominate the glass, snagging 12 rebounds and adding 12 points of his own. And don't sleep on Josh Hart, who'll chip in with 14 points, 10 boards, and a few hustle plays that'll get the Garden crowd buzzing.

On the other side, the Pacers will need big performances from their stars to force a Game 7. Tyrese Haliburton is capable of taking over the game, and I think he'll go for 22 points and 11 assists. Myles Turner will be a force in the paint, scoring 18 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. But the X-factor for Indiana might be Aaron Nesmith, who'll need to hit some big shots to keep the Pacers in it – I've got him down for 16 points and 5 boards.

So, who's going to take it? I think the Knicks' balanced attack and home-court advantage give them the edge. Brunson and Hart will be too much for the Pacers to handle, and the Knicks will take it 115-108 to clinch the series. The Pacers will push them to the limit, but in the end, New York's depth and determination will prove too much.

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