When you look at the Indiana Pacers‘ record compared to that of the New York Knicks, it’s night and day. Since their previous meeting in November, the Pacers (30-7) have continued dominating the league, while the Knicks (15-23) have continued to flounder around the bottom of the league until recently.
Back in November when the Pacers and the Knicks first met up in New York, the Pacers were coming off their first loss of the season after starting 9-0, and the Knicks were trying to figure out why they were 3-7. It was a game that Indiana probably should have dominated, but the Knicks came out firing and would have won if not for the favorable “superstar” call that Paul George received on his three-point shot in the final seconds.
Since that fateful night, the Knicks have struggled until recently, while the Pacers have continued to thrive, especially since the return of Danny Granger. But the month of January has been kind to the Knicks, who have gone 6-2 so far and have given them a new spark to their season.
But while this Knicks team is a lot better than the one that showed up in November, the Pacers still don’t have much to fear. The Pacers average more points per game (97.4 to 95.4) and hold their opponents to 10 fewer points than the Knicks (88.1 to 98.2). It doesn’t help either that the Knicks have had to put J.R. Smith in timeout for his recent antics, taking away one of their scoring options, while the Pacers gained a scoring option in Granger.
This game may be close in the beginning, but unlikely to finish like their first meeting. Indiana has destroyed their last two opponents, including the Washington Wizards who managed to score 66 points, and the Knicks will suffer a similar fate.