One of the more exciting games that could take place this week in the NBA is the matchup on Thursday night between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers.
Before losing to the Bobcats on Tuesday night the Knicks had been winners of five straight and now in the eight-seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have only lost two games in 2014. The game on Thursday against the Pacers will be their third in four nights, and they’ll have to turn around and play the Clippers on Friday night as well. This has been a busy week for the Knicks, but so far they have handled it well and it looks like the heavy schedule has been playing in their favor.
As for the Pacers, they are first in their division and first in the East with a 29-7 record. They have won four of their last five, and have proven to be one of the more dominant teams in the East. And while they’ve already beaten the Knicks once this season, 103-96 in overtime on November 22nd, this looks to be a reinvigorated New York squad.
The Knicks streak has been no fluke. They have beat solid teams like San Antonio, Miami and Phoenix. But in terms of how they match up in the East they’ll need a win, or at least a competitive showing, against the Pacers to prove that they have dusted off the cobwebs and are ready to make a run.
Furthermore, it’s also interesting to note that if the playoffs started today, these two teams would be pitted against one another.
With the Knicks already having a win against the Heat in 2014, a win against Indiana would surely be equally fulfilling.