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|Indiana Pacers||Head-to-Head||New York Knicks|
|Rick Carlisle||Head Coach||Tom Thibodeau|
|14-23 (13th in East)||Standing||17-20 (11th in East)|
|110.2 (14th of 30)||Off Rtg||108.7 (22nd of 30)|
|109.9 (20th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.8 (18th of 30)|
|96.9 (24th of 30)||Pace||95.8 (27th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|M. Brogdon (19.0)||PPG||J. Randle (19.3)|
|D. Sabonis (12.0)||RPG||J. Randle (10.0)|
|M. Brogdon (6.1)||APG||J. Randle (5.0)|
|D. Sabonis (1.1)||SPG||A. Burks (1.2)|
|M. Turner (2.8)||BPG||M. Robinson (1.7)|
|D. Sabonis (.568)/D. Sabonis (6.9)||FG%/FGM||M. Robinson (.765)/J. Randle (6.9)|
|O. Brissett (.381)/J. Holiday (2.5)||3P%/3PM||A. Burks (.424)/E/ Fournier (2.5)|
|T.J. McConnell||Indiana Pacers||2 Dec 2021||Out (Wrist)||There is no timetable for McConnell’s return.|
|Jeremy Lamb||Indiana Pacers||29 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Lamb has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||Indiana Pacers||30 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Brogdon has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Chris Duarte||Indiana Pacers||30 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Duarte has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Isaiah Jackson||Indiana Pacers||30 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Jackson has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Kelan Martin||Indiana Pacers||31 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Martin has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Goga Bitadze||Indiana Pacers||2 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Bitadze has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Caris LeVert||Indiana Pacers||2 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||LeVert has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|T. J. Warren||Indiana Pacers||2 Jan 2022||Out (Foot/Health & Safety)||Warren has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Nerlens Noel||New York Knicks||22 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Noel has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Derrick Rose||New York Knicks||22 Dec 2021||Out (Ankle)||Rose will miss at least the next two weeks.|
|Jericho Sims||New York Knicks||25 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Sims has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Julius Randle||New York Knicks||30 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Randle has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Mitchell Robinson||New York Knicks||1 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Robinson has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Kemba Walker||New York Knicks||2 Jan 2022||Day to Day (Knee)||Walker did not play in New York’s Sunday (Jan 2) game.|
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Both teams will be lacking some key contributors in this matchup. For the Pacers to earn a victory, their perimeter defence must be up to standard.
The Pacers’ defence is integral to their ability to win games. In losses Indiana allows their opponents to shoot an average of 47% from the field, compared to in victories where they allow just 43.5% shooting efficiency.
The difference seems insignificant, but with so many key players out of their wing rotation, Indiana’s defensive standards are expected to drop. If the Pacers can put together a solid defensive effort, the shorthanded Knicks could be at their mercy.
Domantas Sabonis dunks on Mason Plumlee ?pic.twitter.com/HLdp5y9GbK
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 30, 2021
The Indiana Pacers are apparently ready for a rebuilding process, but they still perform through Domantas Sabonis and at his level of quality Indiana always have a chance of victory.
In his last game, a loss to the Cavaliers, Sabonis posted 32 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists in 39 minutes of play.
Considering Indiana’s availability in the backcourt, they will lean heavily on Sabonis if they hope to steal victory from the Knicks. With little paint opposition, don’t be surprised to see Sabonis post another triple-double.
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If you look at the New York Knicks’ most recent loss, individual stats wouldn’t suggest that they played a poor game. However their inability to set a tone to begin the game spelled their doom in the later quarters.
In their last game the Knicks allowed their opponents to open with a 30-point first quarter where they shot 50% from the field and converted on all 8 of their free throw attempts. The Knicks were aggressive themselves, but their lack of defence to open the game only grew worse as the game played out.
The Pacers may not have the most prolific offence, but with two dominant big men they could overwhelm the Knicks in the paint. Establishing a defensive presence will be crucial to the Knicks’ chances at victory.
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RJ putting in work down low ? pic.twitter.com/9wLki7FRlb
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 2, 2022
As the New York Knicks continue to slide down the Eastern Conference table, all eyes are on their young star RJ Barrett. The Canadian sophomore is usually in the shadow of Julius Randle, but with the Knicks falling in the standings RJ Barrett needs to take charge.
Barrett is coming off of a game where he posted 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in just 29 minutes of play. He didn’t shoot poorly from the field, and he even converted from the free throw line 5 of 7 times.
For all of his talent, Barrett isn’t as aggressive as the Knicks need him to be considering all of their injuries. Coming off of a team-low minus-18 performance, Barrett must be impactful for New York to win.
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|Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Information|
|Teams||Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks|
|Location||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, January 4th, 2022|
|How to Watch||NBA TV, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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