New York Knicks Will Face Indiana Pacers Following First Loss

By A.J. Speier
Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

After seeing their six-game winning streak get snapped by the Memphis Grizzlies, the New York Knicks will get to face the Danny Granger-less Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

The Pacers are off to a slow start at 4-6 through the first ten games. They’ve struggled to overcome a knee injury to Granger.

It’s been a different story for the Knicks, who began their season with a 6-0 record, before dropping a 105-95 loss on the road to the Grizzlies on Friday night.

Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks in scoring with 23.3 points per game and is second on the team with 7.4 rebounds. He’ll be matched up with David West, who leads the Pacers with an average of 15 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Another huge matchup will be Tyson Chandler and Roy Hibbert.

Hibbert is off to a slow start offensively with just 8.8 points and eight rebounds. Chandler is having one of his better seasons with an average of 9.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and is shooting 61.9-percent from the field.

The Knicks have three players in the top 30 for 3-point shooting percentages. J.R. Smith is in second at 63.6-percent, Jason Kidd is in sixth at 56.5-percent and Ronnie Brewer is in 27th at 44.4-percent. Lance Stephenson is the lone Pacer and ranks 20th at 45.8-percent.

Following their loss to the Grizzlies, the Knicks are now ranked third in NBA scoring with an average of 102.3 points. The Pacers are the third worst in scoring with 89.3 points per game.

While the Pacers have struggled offensively, they boast the best defense, allowing just 90.3 points per game. The Knicks have fell to fourth with 92 points allowed per game.

The Knicks will look to start a new winning streak as they face the Pacers at home on Sunday at 12 p.m. before another three-game road trip.

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