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2 Keys For The Knicks To Win Against The Pacers


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The New York Knicks host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in a matchup of the Eastern Conference’s sixth and seventh seeds.

It will be a big game for the Knicks who look to rebound after a disappointing loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

Here are two keys for the Knicks to defend their home court and walk away with a big win.

 

2. Limit The Guards

This season, the Pacers have been boosted by extremely strong play from their guards.

Tyrese Haliburton has had a breakout season, becoming one of the best facilitators in the sport with over 10 assists per game.

He is also the team’s best scorer, averaging 20.3 points per game this season.

However, he is not the only guard playing well.

Buddy Hield is averaging 18 points per game and is shooting 42.3% from three, making him one of the most efficient shooters in the sport.

Bennedict Mathurin, the Pacers’ first-round pick from this year, is also averaging 17.1 from a guard position.

This trio presents a difficult matchup for any team.

For the Knicks to get a win, they will need to limit the production from this group and force the Pacers to beat them under the basket.

 

1. Get Julius Randle Going

Julius Randle is the heart and soul of this team.

We saw on Monday how the team struggles when he is unable to find the basket.

Coming off a 1-12 night from three, expect Randle to be looking to score early and often.

If they are able to let him heat up, he presents a difficult matchup for the guard-dominant Pacers.

Randle will need to be efficient and effective from the field if they hope to win.



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