It won’t be easy, but expect Hills to come on fire and take the Pacers over the Knicks in seven games.
Each team will win on the opposing squad’s court once in the first four games and it will be a 2-2 tie. Home court will prevail the next two games, but then Indiana will take the clincher at Madison Square Garden.
The reason will come down to George Hill. He showed in game 6 on the road against the Atlanta Hawks that his take-charge ability can take a team anywhere that it decides.
Hill had two very rough games in Indiana for 3 and 4. But when it came to Game 6 and for the Pacers to show they could win a playoff game on the road, Hill was in control. He put in 36 solid minutes against the Hawks in Game 6 with 7-of-14 shooting and 2-of-5 in 3-pointers for 21 points and added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. It was even a better performance than in game 5 when he helped the Pacers break a 2-2 series tie with 5-of-10 shooting and 15 points. But his playmaking was uncanny in game 5 as Hill dished out 10 assists.
Hill needs to control the floor against the Knicks. If he does, then the Pacers will indeed win in seven games.