Some quick statistics:
- New York Knicks has won 8 in a row at home, and 14 of 15 of all games (Home and away).
- The five lasts matches between this teams has ended 4-1 in the favour of the Knicks. (Wins by far over 3.5 points)
- The Knicks has 29-10 at home this season
- Indiana Pacers has lost 3 of their 5 last games and has been struggeling a bit lately.
- Indiana has 19-21 away from home this season.
- Chandler and Martin are questionable, while Raymond Felton should play despite a sprained knee.
Preview: (From NBA)
The New York Knicks have won 14 of their last 15 games despite a roster that's hardly healthy, so getting some rest heading into the playoffs would be a welcome opportunity.
With a win Sunday, they can afford to do just that.
The Knicks look to clinch the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed when they host the Indiana Pacers in a preview of a potential second-round postseason clash.
The Knicks (52-27) pulled three games ahead of the Pacers with Friday's 101-91 win at Cleveland coupled with Indiana's 117-109 home loss to Brooklyn, meaning New York can lock up the No. 2 seed Sunday. Even with a Pacers win - which would give them the season series 3-1 - the Knicks would need only one victory or one Indiana loss in the final two games to clinch.
But New York would like to take care of business Sunday, and give Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith a breather prior to the playoffs after they've combined to average 57.2 points over the past 15 games.
"It's very beneficial," Smith said of the chance to rest. "It means a lot. It's something we've been talking about consistently over the last few weeks, we've been wanting to lock up that two seed."
New York Knicks will beat Pacers with atleast 3.5 points and secure the numer 2 spot in their division. Carmelo Anthony has been the best player in the NBA lately, and I`m pretty sure he will continue his good form this match. A win in this match will give the Knicks the opportunity to rest their best players for the rest of the ordinary season games, and will give them a great advantage in the playoffs.
To sum it up, my guess is a big win for Knicks.
(I`m Norwegian and not very good at writing Swedish so I wrote this in English)