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The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers have renewed their playoff rivalry within the 2024 NBA postseason. The Knicks took care of enterprise at residence by profitable 121-91 in Recreation 5 on Tuesday night time of their second-round collection. New York is up 3-2 within the best-of-seven collection and at the moment are one win away from their first journey to the Japanese Convention finals since 2000. The collection shifts again to Indianapolis for Recreation 6 on Friday. 

Jalen Brunson exploded for 44 factors in Recreation 5 for the Knicks. He went for 28 factors within the first half, which is the best mark in any half for a Knicks participant in a playoff recreation within the play-by-play period (since 1996-97). Brunson can also be the fourth participant in NBA historical past with 5 video games of 40+ factors and 5+ assists in a single postseason (LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Jerry West).

Knicks ahead OG Anunoby will miss his fourth straight recreation because of a hamstring damage sustained in Recreation 2.

By the point Recreation 5 was mainly out of attain across the midpoint of the third quarter, Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton had taken simply 4 photographs. He completed with 13 factors and 5 assists on 9 photographs. Indiana will attempt to regroup for Recreation 6 at residence, the place the Pacers are unbeaten in these playoffs.

The Knicks and Pacers met six instances within the playoffs over an eight-year span between 1993 and 2000. The names are completely different this time round. As an alternative of Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing, it is Brunson and Haliburton. The stakes, nonetheless, are simply as excessive. The winner will advance to the Japanese Convention finals. 

This is every thing you might want to know because the Knicks and Pacers proceed their renewed rivalry.

Knicks vs. Pacers schedule, scores

All instances Japanese | * If obligatory

  • Recreation 1: Knicks 121, Pacers 117 — New York leads 1-0
  • Recreation 2: Knicks 130, Pacers 121 — New York leads 2-0
  • Recreation 3:  Pacers 111, Knicks 106 — New York leads 2-1
  • Recreation 4: Pacers 121, Knicks 89 — Collection tied 2-2
  • Recreation 5: Knicks 121, Pacers 91 — New York leads 2-1
  • Recreation 6: Friday, Might 17 — Knicks at Pacers, 8:30 p.m., ESPN/fubo
  • Recreation 7*: Sunday, Might 19 — Pacers at Knicks, 3:30 p.m., ABC/fubo

Knicks vs. Pacers, Recreation 6

The place to look at

Time: 8:30 p.m ET | Date: Friday, Might 17
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse — Indianapolis, Indiana
TV channel: ESPN | Streaming: ESPN/fubo

Storylines

Knicks: The Knicks are more likely to be with out OG Anunoby once more for Recreation 6. He has not performed since Recreation 2 because of a hamstring pressure, and Chris Haynes reported on Tuesday that the Knicks are focusing on the Japanese Convention finals, ought to they get there, for a return. Which means they’re going to as soon as once more want Alec Burks to step up. The veteran, who had been out of the rotation previous to the Knicks’ damage disaster, got here off the bench to attain 18 factors of their Recreation 5 win.

Pacers: This younger Pacers staff has handled strain throughout their playoff run, however that is the primary time that they’ve had their backs squarely in opposition to the wall. How will they reply in a must-win state of affairs? They’re going to want a significantly better efficiency than Recreation 5, after they had been crushed. The excellent news is that in the course of the postseason they’re an ideal 5-0 at residence, thanks partly to their electrical crowd and the consolation their function gamers really feel. 

Prediction

Opening collection odds: Knicks -265, Pacers +210
Collection odds after Recreation 4: Knicks +120, Pacers -145

The Pacers have been wonderful at residence in the course of the playoffs and the Knicks are anticipated to be with out OG Anunoby once more. This collection feels prefer it’s going seven. The choose: Pacers -5



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